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July 1980

Surgical Closure of the Larynx for Intractable Aspiration

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Section of Otolaryngology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1980;106(7):422-423. doi:10.1001/archotol.1980.00790310046011

• Surgical closure of the glottis is reserved for patients who have suffered progressive loss of sphincteric and phonatory laryngeal function. In the prevention of life-threatening aspiration, a triplelayer closure is performed with use of a superiorly based sternohyoid muscle flap. Surgical closure is theoretically reversible should sufficient neuromuscular function return in any given patient.

(Arch Otolaryngol 106:422-423, 1980)

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