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April 1985

An Improved Esophageal Insufflation Test

Author Affiliations

From the Head and Neck Surgery Associates, Indianapolis.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1985;111(4):211-212. doi:10.1001/archotol.1985.00800060035001

• Previous investigations identified that insufflation of the esophagus may elicit reflex pharyngoesophageal closure, impeding airflow and subsequent voice production. A simplified method for esophageal insufflation consistently evaluates the capacity for alaryngeal speech acquisition. Although primarily a method for predicting tracheoesophageal speech, it may also be an important prognostic indicator for traditional esophageal speech development.

(Arch Otolaryngol 1985;111:211-212)

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