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Original Article
June 2001

Endoscopic Laser Cricopharyngeal Myotomy to Salvage Tracheoesophageal Voice After Total Laryngectomy

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Ill.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2001;127(6):691-693. doi:10.1001/archotol.127.6.691

Development of voice after tracheoesophageal puncture, following laryngectomy, is sometimes hampered by spasm of the cricopharyngeal muscle. This problem has been addressed by various means, including bougienage, botulinum toxin injection, and open surgical division of the muscle. We believe that endoscopic carbon dioxide laser cricopharyngeal myotomy represents a direct, simple, and effective solution.