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Oesophageal function in tracheoesophageal fistula speakers after laryngectomy

  • W Allan (a1), L Burgess (a2), A Hurren (a3), R Marsh (a4), P R Samuel (a5) and P K Small (a6)...



Patients who have undergone tracheoesophageal puncture for surgical voice restoration often use unnaturally high oesophageal air pressures during speech. This study examined the effect of high oesophageal air pressure on oesophageal body motility, lower oesophageal sphincter function and dyspeptic symptoms.


Cross-sectional study using several investigative tests of oesophageal function.

Materials and methods:

Sixteen patients who used tracheoesophageal fistula speech underwent several investigations, including: oesophageal manometry, videofluoroscopy, barium swallow, and tracheal pressure measurements during speech. The patients were also asked to complete a dyspepsia questionnaire.


We demonstrated that more than 50 per cent of these patients had subjective or objective disordered oesophageal function. Videofluoroscopy and manometry identified oesophageal dysmotility in the same patients.


Oesophageal function appears to be altered by tracheoesophageal fistula speech. However, our study showed that there is no contraindication to proceeding with tracheoesophageal fistula voicing even in patients with a history of oesophageal dysfunction.


Corresponding author

Address for correspondence: Mr P R Samuel, ENT Department, Sunderland Royal Hospital, Kayll Road, Sunderland SR4 7TP, UK. Fax: 01915699202 E-mail:


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  • W Allan (a1), L Burgess (a2), A Hurren (a3), R Marsh (a4), P R Samuel (a5) and P K Small (a6)...


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