What is the role of medial (partial) arytenoidectomy in the treatment of cricoarytenoid (CA) fixation?

Updated: Jul 27, 2021
  • Author: Paul C Bryson, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Medial (partial) arytenoidectomy has also gained popularity because of its ability to directly enlarge the posterior respiratory glottis while minimally affecting the anterior phonatory glottis and preserving more of the native laryngeal structure in comparison to the total arytenoidectomy procedure. A comparison of postsurgical airway and phonatory outcomes for transverse cordotomy and medial arytenoidectomy to treat bilateral vocal-fold immobility demonstrated that the procedures yielded satisfactory and fairly comparable outcomes.


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