Partial Defects Of The Laryngopharynx

The musculocutaneous and free flaps are also effective techniques for organ function-preserving surgery in cases of partial defects of the laryngopharynx. In this example, these techniques appear to have enhanced the patient's quality of life. No longer is it necessary to perform a total laryngectomy in these patients, as reconstruction of a partial laryngopharyngeal defect is not feasible with maintenance of function. Reports in the literature support the use of both the musculocutaneous flaps27 as well as free flaps28,29 for this defect.

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