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January 1971

Cricopharyngeal Myotomy: Application and Technique in Major Oral-Pharyngeal Resections

Author Affiliations

Norfolk and Hampton, Va
From the Plastic Surgery Service, Norfolk (Va) General Hospital, and the Hampton (Va) Veterans Administration Hospital.

Arch Surg. 1971;102(1):1-5. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1971.01350010003001

The cricopharyngeal muscle may play a significant role in a pathophysiology dysphagia that follows certain major oral-pharyngeal resections. A new technique for a cricopharyngeal myotomy employs the posterior midline transpharyngeal approach that is done immediately after the ablative procedure. The results of this procedure, as carried out in 21 patients, have specific indications.