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Gastrostomy tube placement in patients with hypopharyngeal cancer treated with radiotherapy or chemoradiotherapy: Factors affecting placement and dependence.
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PMID:  23322545     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: Placement of gastrostomy tubes (g-tubes) in patients with hypopharyngeal cancers undergoing radiation and chemotherapy is generally empirically determined. We examined our experience to identify predictive factors for g-tube placement and length of dependence. METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of all patients with primary hypopharyngeal cancer treated with nonsurgical modalities at a tertiary care center between 2002 and 2008. Rates of g-tube placement and length of dependence on enteral feedings were analyzed in relationship to multiple risk factors. RESULTS: Forty-three patients with hypopharyngeal primary tumors (77%) who had a complete response at the primary site after treatment were included. Thirteen patients (30%) never required g-tube placement. At 1-year follow-up, 11 patients (28%) maintained a g-tube. No clinical variables were significantly associated with g-tube placement. Duration of g-tube dependence was significantly longer in patients with a posterior hypopharyngeal wall primary tumors (p = .026), current smokers (p = .001), and patients with >40 pack-years (p = .010). The duration of g-tube dependence was significantly shorter in those who maintained oral intake at the end of treatment (p = .05), and those who reported adherence to dysphagia exercise regimens (p = .048). CONCLUSION: Approximately one third of patients with hypopharyngeal tumors treated on organ preservation regimens may be able to avoid g-tube placement, but further research is needed to identify clinical factors that predict g-tube placement in this population. A posterior hypopharyngeal wall primary and smoking history correlated with longer gastrostomy tube dependence. Adherence to aggressive targeted swallowing exercise regimens may help to prevent long-term dependence on feeding tubes. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Head Neck, 2013.
Mihir K Bhayani; Katherine A Hutcheson; Denise A Barringer; Dianna B Roberts; Jan S Lewin; Stephen Y Lai
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-16
Journal Detail:
Title:  Head & neck     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1097-0347     ISO Abbreviation:  Head Neck     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-1-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8902541     Medline TA:  Head Neck     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Department of Head and Neck Surgery, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston Texas.
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