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Dysphagia after Total Laryngectomy Resulting from Hypocalcemia: Case Report

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Teeraporn Ratanaanekchai MD*,
Thumnu Art-smart MD*, Patravoot Vatanasapt MD*
* Department of Otolaryngology, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University

Abstract


Although hypocalcemia is a common postoperative complication of patients who have undergone a
total laryngectomy with total thyroidectomy for treatment of laryngeal cancer or cancer of adjacent organs
and hypocalcemia can produce the symptom of dysphagia, there has never been a report that hypocalcemia
is the cause of dysphagia in these patients. The authors reported two cases who had hypocalcemia after total
laryngectomy with total thyroidectomy and presented with sudden and severe dysphagia. However, the
symptom of dysphagia was dramatically improved after calcium replacement therapy.

Keyword : Dysphagia, Laryngectomy, Hypocalcemia



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