Pii: S1010-7940(01)01033-8

Abstract

The study presented herein was undertaken to report an original case of cololaryngostomy operation in caustic esophageal burns. Cololaryngostomy application to a chronic caustic esophageal burn case is reported with a detailed literature review of the topic. For the first time in the world, the larynx was used for the integrity of the gastrointestinal system by applying a cololaryngostomy procedure as it was found to be the only intact and reliable tissue in the operation. The patient started to gain weight in a 3-month period. Oral nutrition and speech were also achieved. Caustic injury to the upper aerodigestive system with scarring of the pharynx, hypopharynx and esophagus is an important reconstructive problem. In reconstruction, the aim should be the supplementation of both oral nutrition and speech. q 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

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