OBJECTIVE: To determine the clinical features, diagnosis and complications of total laryngectomy at a tertiary care hospital.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: This descriptive prospective study was conducted at the department of ENT, Head and Neck Surgery, PGMI/ LRH Peshawar from Janurary 2001 to December
2010. All patients were thoroughly evaluated and disease was staged according to TNM. After
informed consent total laryngectomy was performed in all patients followed by chemoradiotherapy.
RESULTS: A total of 26 patients underwent total laryngectomies for histologically confirmed
laryngeal cancers. The age of the patients ranged from 38-72 years with mean age of 57.34 +S.D
9.6 years. Hoarseness was the commonest (100%) presenting feature. According to TNM staging system 15 patients (57.69%) had stage III and 11 patients (42.30%) had stage IV carcinoma
larynx. There was wound infection in 6 patients (23.07%) and 4 patients (15.38%) developed
CONCLUSION: The commonest presentation of laryngeal carcinoma was hoarseness, so any
smoker patient having age greater than 40 years with persistent hoarseness must be investigated for laryngeal carcinoma.
Hoarseness, Carcinoma larynx, Total laryngectomy.