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Poster Presentations: American Head and Neck Society
August 2006

P176 Management of Salvage Laryngectomy Defects Following Organ Preservation Failure

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2006;132(8):900. doi:10.1001/archotol.132.8.900-a

University of Alabama at Birmingham;

Medical College of Georgia, Athens

Objective: Salvage laryngectomy to treat organ preservation failures results in significantly higher local wound complications. Even in the absence of extralaryngeal disease, primary closure of laryngeal defects results in protracted wound care problems. Our objective was to determine whether, in cases where sufficient mucosa is present to close the defect primarily, use of previously untreated vascularized tissue to close the wound may improves outcomes.