Objective. This study aimed to evaluate olfactory function in patients rehabilitated with oesophageal (ES) voice or tracheo-oesophageal (TES) prosthesis to further verify whether there were differences in smell alterations depending on voice rehabilitation modality.Methods. A total of 40 patients who had undergone total laryngectomy participated in the study. Speech rehabilitation was achieved through TES in 20 patients (Group A) or ES in 20 patients (Group B). Olfactory function was evaluated using the Sniffin' Sticks test.Results. At olfactory evaluation, in Group A, 4/20 patients (20%) were anosmic, where-as 16/20 patients (80%) were hyposmic; in Group B, 11/20 patients (55%) were anosmic whereas 9/20 patients (45%) were hyposmic. A significant difference (p = 0.04) was found at global objective evaluation.Conclusions. The study shows that the rehabilitation with TES contributes to maintaining a functioning, albeit limited, sense of smell.

Olfactory function in laryngectomised patients: tracheo-oesophageal versus oesophageal speech

Bianco, Maria Rita
;
Allegra, Eugenia
2023-01-01

Abstract

Objective. This study aimed to evaluate olfactory function in patients rehabilitated with oesophageal (ES) voice or tracheo-oesophageal (TES) prosthesis to further verify whether there were differences in smell alterations depending on voice rehabilitation modality.Methods. A total of 40 patients who had undergone total laryngectomy participated in the study. Speech rehabilitation was achieved through TES in 20 patients (Group A) or ES in 20 patients (Group B). Olfactory function was evaluated using the Sniffin' Sticks test.Results. At olfactory evaluation, in Group A, 4/20 patients (20%) were anosmic, where-as 16/20 patients (80%) were hyposmic; in Group B, 11/20 patients (55%) were anosmic whereas 9/20 patients (45%) were hyposmic. A significant difference (p = 0.04) was found at global objective evaluation.Conclusions. The study shows that the rehabilitation with TES contributes to maintaining a functioning, albeit limited, sense of smell.
2023
Sniffin’ Sticks test
oesophageal speech
smell dysfunction
total laryngectomy
voice prosthesis
File in questo prodotto:
Non ci sono file associati a questo prodotto.

I documenti in IRIS sono protetti da copyright e tutti i diritti sono riservati, salvo diversa indicazione.

Utilizza questo identificativo per citare o creare un link a questo documento: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12317/92061
 Attenzione

Attenzione! I dati visualizzati non sono stati sottoposti a validazione da parte dell'ateneo

Citazioni
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.pmc??? ND
  • Scopus 0
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.isi??? 0
social impact