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Type III thyroplasty for the treatment of glottic gap in a patient undergoing laryngofissure cordectomy for squamous cell carcinoma of the vocal fold: Technique and outcome

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June 1, 2010
by Tolga Kandogan, MD


A 44-year-old man presented with squamous cell carcinoma (T1aN0M0) on the left vocal fold and was prepared for a combined laryngofissure cordectomy and type III thyroplasty. The author performed both procedures together-not only to lower the tension on the healthy vocal fold, but also to determine whether the thyroplasty would successfully close the glottic gap created by the cordectomy, resulting in relatively fast improvement in the patient's voice. Satisfactory glottic closure and a satisfactory voice result were achieved rather quickly. The patient was satisfied with his new voice, both in the early and late postoperative periods.

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