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Aspiration of tracheoesophageal prosthesis in a laryngectomized patient.

AbstractBACKGROUND:
The voice prosthesis inserted into a tracheoesophageal fistula has become the most widely used device for voice rehabilitation in patients with total laryngectomy.
CASE PRESENTATION:
We describe a case of tracheoesophageal prosthesis' (TEP) aspiration in a laryngectomized patient, with permanent tracheal stoma, that appeared during standard cleaning procedure, despite a programme of training for the safe management of patients with voice prosthesis.
CONCLUSIONS:
The definitive diagnosis and treatment were performed by flexible bronchoscopy, that may be considered the procedure of choice in these cases, also on the basis of the literature.
AuthorsSergio C Conte, Elena De Nardi, Federico Conte, Stefano Nardini
JournalMultidisciplinary respiratory medicine (Multidiscip Respir Med) Vol. 7 Issue 1 Pg. 25 ( 2012) ISSN: 2049-6958 [Electronic] Italy
PMID22958961 (Publication Type: Journal Article)

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