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Postlaryngectomy vocal rehabilitation in Albania.
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PMID:  23033285     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Purpose: To assess short and midterm results with consistent use of indwelling voice prostheses (Provox 1 and Provox 2 valves) for vocal rehabilitation after total laryngectomy. Methods: From May 2008 to June 2010 106 patients (104 men, 2 women, median age 62.32 years) with total laryngectomy underwent vocal prosthesis insertion and replacement procedures as needed. Patients were prosthesized primarily or secondarily and follow-up was performed monthly. Results: Median patient-device follow-up was 279 days (range 184-995). Leakage through the prosthesis, mainly caused by Candida deposits on the valve, was the most common cause of failure of the Provox valves. Conclusion: Compared to other European countries, like the Netherlands (100 days) and France (150 days) Albania has the longest device half life. This relatively long prosthesis' lifetime in our country is perhaps related with the use of spicy food (a common custom in our country), and the use of antifungal and antiacid agents.
B Boci; R Isufi; K Thomai
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of B.U.ON. : official journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology     Volume:  17     ISSN:  1107-0625     ISO Abbreviation:  J BUON     Publication Date:    2012 Jul-Sep
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-03     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100883428     Medline TA:  J BUON     Country:  Greece    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  478-82     Citation Subset:  IM    
ENT Department, University Hospital Centre, Tirana, Albania.
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