The role of pectoralis major myofascial flap in salvage laryngectomy: A single surgeon experience

J. C. Oosthuizen, David S. Leonard, John B. Kinsella

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Abstract

Conclusions: These results support the use of a pectoralis major myofascial flap (PMMF) in patients undergoing salvage surgery. Background: Pharyngocutaneous fistula (PCF) is the most common major complication following laryngectomy. Preceding chemoradiotherapy increases the incidence and severity of PCF formation. The aim of this study was to determine whether the use of a PMMF reduces the incidence and severity of PCF formation in patients undergoing salvage surgery. Methods: This was a retrospective cohort analysis. Results: A total of 33 patients were identified, including 10 patients who underwent salvage surgery after chemoradiotherapy. In all, 80% of salvage surgery patients underwent PMMF reinforcement of the pharyngeal closure. A PCF rate of 50% was recorded for salvage surgery patients without PMMF reinforcement. Identical PCF rates (25%) were recorded for patients who underwent primary total laryngectomy and salvage surgery patients treated with PMMF reinforcement. Mean duration to fistula closure was 57.16 days in the primary laryngectomy group compared with 20.5 days in salvage surgery patients with PMMF reinforcement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1002-1005
Number of pages4
JournalActa Oto-Laryngologica
Volume132
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2012

Keywords

  • Chemoradiotherapy
  • Pharyngocutaneous fistula
  • Salvage surgery

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