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December 1962


Arch Otolaryngol. 1962;76(6):574-580. doi:10.1001/archotol.1962.00740050588017

The Use of Prosthesis in the Larynx and Trachea: A Preliminary Report. Presented by Julius W. McCall, M.D., and Clay W. Whitaker, M.D. (by invitation).

Dr. McCall reported successful implantation of prosthesis in 2 cases of tracheolaryngeal stenosis. His moving pictures show the patient in the act of swallowing, with a recording of the voice. In 1 case a tantalum tube was used and was retained. In a second case the original tantalum tube was later replaced by a polyethylene tube. In a third case a polyethylene tube was employed after a laryngectomy to connect the trachea with the pharynx, but it was not successful. The author and his co-workers performed a number of experiments with laryngectomized dogs in an attempt to find an acceptable material for a prosthesis that would be tolerated. The various types of material employed and the methods of insertion and fixation were described and illustrated,

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