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Original Article
November 1976

Carcinoma of the Supraglottic Larynx: A Review of 221 Cases

Author Affiliations

From the Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation, Rochester, Minn.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1976;102(11):686-689. doi:10.1001/archotol.1976.00780160082009

• Between 1962 and 1971, 221 patients (197 men and 24 women) with carcinoma of the supraglottic larynx were treated at our institution. Most of the patients were in the sixth and seventh decades of life. In 89% of the patients, the epiglottis was involved. One hundred ninety patients underwent surgery, 161 for cure initially and 29 for salvage after radiation failure. Definitive surgery included laryngectomy in 117 patients and conservation procedures in 40. Fifty-five patients were treated by radiation for cure. Survival rates after laryngectomy or supraglottic laryngectomy were similar, but radiation therapy carried a poorer prognosis than did definitive surgery. Routine neck dissection was not necessary in all patients with supraglottic carcinoma.

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