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October 1948

LARYNGECTOMY: A SURGICAL TECHNIC WHICH PROMOTES RAPID HEALING

Author Affiliations

ROCHESTER, MINN.
From the Section on Laryngology, Oral and Plastic Surgery, the Mayo Clinic.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1948;48(4):379-389. doi:10.1001/archotol.1948.00690040391001
Abstract

IN ANALYZING 568 cases of carcinoma of the larynx encountered at the Mayo Clinic during the period from 1934 through 1943, my associates and I found that 48 per cent of the patients were treated by laryngectomy, 41 per cent by thyrotomy and 11 per cent by diathermy or application of radon during suspension laryngoscopy. In spite of the medical profession's intensive educational program to teach the public the value of early diagnosis in the treatment of cancer, it is apparent that in the greater number of malignant tumors of the larynx which we encounter the lesion is so extensive as to require total removal of the larynx rather than a more conservative procedure. Laryngectomy, therefore, still is an important therapeutic measure in the treatment of carcinoma of the larynx.

In recent years, much intensive work by capable laryngologists has changed the manner of performing laryngectomy from a faulty, and

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