The cricopharyngeal muscle may play a significant role in a pathophysiology dysphagia that follows certain major oral-pharyngeal resections. A new technique for a cricopharyngeal myotomy employs the posterior midline transpharyngeal approach that is done immediately after the ablative procedure. The results of this procedure, as carried out in 21 patients, have specific indications.
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