Supracricoid laryngectomy and dysphagia: A systematic literature review

Marieke Lips*, Renee Speyer, Anne Zumach, Kenneth W. Kross, Bernd Kremer

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Objectives/HypothesisPerform a systematic literature search to provide an overview of today's literature regarding the different aspects that can cause dysphagia after supracricoid laryngectomy. Study DesignA systematic literature review. Review MethodsThe inclusion criteria were laryngeal cancer, supracricoid laryngectomy, and swallowing. Thirty-one qualifying articles were included and analyzed describing swallowing after supracricoid laryngectomy. ResultsIncluded studies examined the incidence of dysphagia and discussed various factors that will or will not contribute to dysphagia after supracricoid laryngectomy, type of reconstruction, swallow training, radiation, arytenoid cartilage resection, extended procedures, and age. ConclusionA high incidence of dysphagia was reported after supracricoid laryngectomy. However, good recovery rates were observed with low incidence of severe complications. The included studies used different methods and standards to start oral intake, remove the nasogastric feeding tube, and observe swallow function. Homogenous study population and standardized guidelines on how to handle the pre- and postoperative course after supracricoid laryngectomy and how to measure swallow function could improve further research. Laryngoscope, 125:2143-2156, 2015
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2143-2156
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2015


  • Larynx
  • laryngeal cancer
  • surgery
  • supracricoid laryngectomy
  • deglutition

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