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A custom device for managing recurrent tracheoesophageal voice prosthesis dislodgement and aspiration due to treatment refractory, severely enlarged puncture: A video case report.

Head & Neck 2024 April 5
We report the case of a laryngectomized patient with an enlarged tracheoesophageal puncture (TEP) that is refractory to standard treatments and culminating in life-threatening recurrent dislodgement and aspiration of custom fabricated dual extra-large flange voice prostheses (VP). The fabrication and use of a novel intraluminal prosthetic device to prevent dislodgement, lessen aspiration, and preserve TE voice is described. A custom device insetting a commercial VP into the posterior wall of a LaryTube (coined "inset-VP") was devised with the primary goal of eliminating chronic VP dislodgement and lessening aspiration while maintaining TE voice. Tools required to fabricate the device included a commercial laryngectomy tube, standard-flanged commercial indwelling voice prosthesis, felt-tip marker, 6 mm biopsy punch, and silk suture. After 7 months of using an inset-VP LaryTube device, the patient has experienced zero episodes of VP aspiration. Thin liquid aspiration control is equivalent or better than prior management with custom 24-30 mm dual collar prostheses. TEP voice is fluent and functional with device in place. Novel strategies are needed to manage the rare but devastating effects of a severely enlarged TEP. Solutions to manage symptoms need to be patient-specific, aligning with their anatomy, physiology, psychosocial needs, and goals. The inset-VP device described in this report may offer improved prosthetic retention in select patients with enlarged TE puncture and frequent VP dislodgements.

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