What are the possible complications of cricoarytenoid (CA) fixation treatment?

Updated: Jul 27, 2021
  • Author: Paul C Bryson, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Potential complications of laser arytenoidectomy include the attendant airway risks of CO2 laser surgery, including airway fires and peripheral thermal damage. Postoperative aspiration is a potential complication of all airway-enlarging procedures, including tracheotomy. Furthermore, the extent of tissue alteration and/or destruction carries a proportional risk of degrading vocal quality. Therefore, the ideal surgical procedure is minimally destructive to the normal laryngeal anatomy and provides durable and reproducible airway and vocal function.


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