J Korean Dysphagia Soc.  2020 Jan;10(1):130-133. 10.34160/jkds.2020.10.1.016.

Tracheoesophageal Fistula by Chemoradiotherapy after a Total Laryngectomy in a Laryngeal Cancer Patient: A Case Report

  • 1Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea
  • 2Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea


An acquired tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF) is a rare complication that can occur in the treatment of laryngeal cancer. Explosive coughing from the tracheostomy-opening site after swallowing is a warning sign of the TEF. A 68-year old male laryngeal cancer patient showed delayed TEF after chemoradiotherapy with a total laryngectomy. The clinicians carrying out a videofluoroscopic swallowing study should be familiar with the total laryngectomy state, as well as the findings and initial general management of TEF. This report discusses the pathophysiology and management of TEF and the needs for dysphagia care team after chemoradiation in laryngeal cancer patients.


Tracheoesophageal fistula; Laryngeal cancer; Radiotherapy; Chemotherapy
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