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Management of vallecular pseudodiverticulum.

Authors
  • Gacek, R R
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Annals of otology, rhinology, and laryngology
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1980
Volume
89
Issue
3 Pt 1
Pages
201–203
Identifiers
PMID: 6774649
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Vallecular pseudodiverticulum following laryngectomy may be responsible for dysphagia if large enough to compress the cervical esophagus. The pouch probably represents a defect caused by the antagonistic action of tongue and inferior constrictor muscles in laryngectomy repair. Initially, the pocket may remain limited or may form a pharyngocutaneous fistulous tract. Two laryngectomy patients who developed a large vallecular pseudodiverticulum were sufficiently symptomatic to require surgical management. An external approach was used successfully to resect the party wall between the diverticulum and the cervical esophagus.

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