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Total laryngopharyngoesophagectomy with gastric transposition reconstruction: review of long-term swallowing outcomes

  • A M Kelly (a1), M J Drinnan (a2), L Savy (a3) and D J Howard (a4)

Abstract

Aim:

The aim of this review was to examine long-term swallowing and eating outcomes following laryngopharyngoesophagectomy with gastric pull-up reconstruction.

Methods:

Ten patients underwent clinical examination and completed the performance status scale for head and neck questionnaire and also a gastric pull-up swallowing questionnaire designed for this review. Nine of the 10 patients underwent videofluoroscopic examination of swallowing.

Results:

One patient had a stricture at the orogastric anastomosis, and one patient had bilateral tongue immobility secondary to XIIth nerve palsies. Eight participants reported eating a normal diet, and five reported not limiting their eating environment. Regurgitation, slower eating and reduced capacity were the most common functional limitations.

Conclusions:

These results support previous opinions that the gastric pull-up procedure has good swallowing outcomes, and indicate that such outcomes continue in the long term.

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Corresponding author

Address for correspondence: Ms Annette Kelly, Head and Neck Centre, 1st Floor East, 250 Euston Road, London NW1 2PG, UK. Fax: +44 (0)20 7380 6952 E-mail: Annette.Kelly@uclh.nhs.uk

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Total laryngopharyngoesophagectomy with gastric transposition reconstruction: review of long-term swallowing outcomes

  • A M Kelly (a1), M J Drinnan (a2), L Savy (a3) and D J Howard (a4)

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