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December 1965


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Department of Otolaryngology Washington University School of Medicine 517 S Euclid St. Louis, Mo 63110

Arch Otolaryngol. 1965;82(6):672. doi:10.1001/archotol.1965.00760010674034

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To the Editor: I want to call the attention of your readers to Dr. Abraham Lapidot's article "Reconstruction of the Larynx Following Total Laryngectomy"—preliminary report of unsuccessful application of a new one-stage technique which appeared in the July issue of the Archives.

This technique was worked out by Dr. Ogura at Washington University some four years ago when Dr. Lapidot was working with him as a research fellow. Dr. Ogura has tried this operation in three persons without success—the failure being due to aspiration.

Lapidot gives the impression that the failure in the reported case was due to "stridor" (see the report in the July 5 issue of JAMA, p 180); no mention is made of aspiration as the cause of failure.

The article is deceptive.

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