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Article
August 1993

Cricohyoidopexy in Selected Infrahyoid Epiglottic Carcinomas Presenting With Pathological Preepiglottic Space Invasion

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Hôpital Laënnec, University of Paris V (France).

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1993;119(8):881-886. doi:10.1001/archotol.1993.01880200087012
Abstract

• Nineteen patients who presented with infrahyoid epiglottic squamous cell carcinoma with gross pathological preepiglottic space invasion, not amenable to a partial horizontal supraglottic laryngectomy, were offered a supracricoid partial laryngectomy with a cricohyoidopexy technique; this was an attempt to preserve physiological phonation, respiration, and deglutition while achieving the same local control rate as with a total laryngectomy. Preoperative chemotherapy and bilateral jugulocarotid lymph node dissection were performed in all cases. Patients were monitored for at least 5 years or until death. No patients were unavailable for follow-up. The 5-year actuarial survival (Kaplan-Meier method) was 84.2%. Local recurrence, nodal recurrence, and distant metastasis occurred once in our series, while six patients presented with a second primary tumor. We present, analyze, and compare functional results with those of the previously reported series. Our experience with the supracricoid partial laryngectomy with a cricohyoidopexy, in the face of selected infrahyoid epiglottic squamous cell carcinoma invading the preepiglottic space, not amenable to a partial horizontal supraglottic laryngectomy, suggested that a total laryngectomy might be avoided without decreasing the cure rate.

(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1993;119:881-886)

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