Pharyngocutaneous fistula (PCF) after laryngectomy occurs when there is a failure in the pharyngeal repair resulting in a salivary leak (Dedivitis et al. in Acta Otorhinolaryngol Ital 27(1):2–5, 2007). In the post-operative period this complication is not only a challenge to the surgeon but also distressing to the patient and his family. We conducted a retrospective cum prospective study, to research the effect of starting prophylactic glycopyrrolate intravenous injection in total laryngectomy. Fifty patients underwent total laryngectomy with modified radical neck dissection over a period of 5 years by the trainee otolaryngologists. Of these 25 patients were started on glycopyrrolate for 7 post-operative days. And 25 control patients, who were not given glycopyrrolate. All the patients were observed for evidence of PCF. Of the total 50 patients, only 1 patient in study group and 12 patients in the control group developed PCF. This was statistically significant (p value 0.0039). Tumor stage, site, and gender were found to have no statistically significant correlation with development of PCF. The prophylactic administration of glycopyrrolate was found to reduce the odds of development of PCF in total laryngectomy cases. There was associated blurring of vision and constipation amongst the cases subjects, which was only transient with complete recovery on cessation of drug.
|Journal||Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 2021|
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