Tracheoesophageal voice prosthesis management in laryngectomy patients during the COVID-19 pandemic

David P. Goldstein, Gilbert Ralph, John R. De Almeida, Ashok R. Jethwa, Jonathan Irish, Douglas B. Chepeha, Dale Brown, Patrick Gullane, John Waldron, Elana Aziza, Lisa Durkin

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With the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been significant changes and challenges in the management of oncology patients. One of the major strategies to reduce transmission of the virus between patients and healthcare workers is deferral of follow-up visits. However, deferral may not be possible in total laryngectomy patients. Urgent procedures may be necessary to prevent complications related to ill-fitting tracheoesophageal puncture (TEP) voice prostheses, such as aspiration or loss of voicing. In this paper, we describe the Princess Margaret Cancer Center's approach to managing this unique patient population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number59
JournalJournal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 10 2020
Externally publishedYes

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  • COVID-19
  • Complications
  • Laryngectomy
  • Tracheoesophageal puncture
  • Voice prosthesis

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