The apparatus described in this report was devised several years ago to prevent collapse and contracture of larynogostomy openings when it is necessary to maintain temporarily the patency of the laryngeal stoma after the treatment of laryngeal cancer by irradiation. I have found it to be more satisfactory than any other instrument that I have employed for this purpose and feel that its merits warrant its published description.
So far as I know, laryngostomy to facilitate the interstitial implantation of radon in the treatment of cancer of the intrinsic larynx was first employed by
Fig. 1.—The instrument for maintaining the patency of laryngostomy openings.
Dr. Douglas Quick at the Memorial Hospital for the Treatment of Cancer and Allied Diseases. For the fifteen years prior to the time of writing it has been the method used in the treatment of certain types of advanced cancer of the intrinsic larynx in the
MARTIN HE. A NEW INSTRUMENT FOR MAINTAINING THE PATENCY OF LARYNGOSTOMY OPENINGS. Arch Otolaryngol. 1936;24(3):338–340. doi:10.1001/archotol.1936.00640050348008
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