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August 1974

Everting Closure of Pharyngoesophageal Defects

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences, State University of New York, Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, NY.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1974;100(2):148-150. doi:10.1001/archotol.1974.00780040154014

Everted closure of the defect left after laryngectomy with partial pharyngectomy would be advantageous for preservation of the largest possible lumen, and provide for greater ease of performance and strength of closure, as compared with presently employed inverting techniques. Eight of nine experimental animals exhibited prompt healing of pharyngeal defects after total laryngectomy closed by a running, everted suture. Histologic and gross examination of the closures confirmed good healing.

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