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Air esophagram after laryngectomy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6779568     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Air in the esophagus is frequently visible on chest radiographs of patients who have undergone laryngectomy (15/30; 50%). It is more frequently seen in those who successfully use esophageal speech (11/18; 61%) than in those who do not (4/12; 33%). The esophagus may be dilated, totally air filled, and contain an air-fluid level. A discussion of the physiology of esophageal speech and a differential diagnosis of esophageal air are presented. An air esophagram in patients using esophageal speech after laryngectomy in the absence of symptoms of an obstructing lesion should not be considered abnormal.
S I Schabel; J H Stanley
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  AJR. American journal of roentgenology     Volume:  136     ISSN:  0361-803X     ISO Abbreviation:  AJR Am J Roentgenol     Publication Date:  1981 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1981-03-24     Completed Date:  1981-03-24     Revised Date:  2008-02-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7708173     Medline TA:  AJR Am J Roentgenol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  19-21     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Carcinoma / surgery
Diagnosis, Differential
Esophageal Diseases / complications,  radiography
Esophagus / radiography*
Laryngeal Neoplasms / surgery
Middle Aged
Speech, Alaryngeal*
Speech, Esophageal*

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