The aim of this study was to evaluate outcomes related to swallowing function in patients who underwent transoral robotic surgery (TORS) for sleep apnea on both short- and long-term scales. 78 patients who underwent TORS for sleep apnea between 2011 and 2014 were followed up for an average period of 20Â Â±Â 7.12Â months (range 7â32Â months), then swallowing outcomes determined by MD Anderson Dysphagia Inventory (MDADI) questionnaire, gastrografin fluoroscopy imaging results, nasogastric tube dependence and subjectively by recording the patientsâ complaints were analyzed and reported. Minimal insignificant short-term impact on swallowing function (4.58Â Â±Â 7.03 preoperative MDADI score versus 5.18Â Â±Â 8.32 post-operative) (pÂ =Â 0.56) was registered. Mean time for start of oral feeding was 1.05Â Â±Â 0.25Â days (average, 1â3). In no case nasogastric tube feeding was required. Only five patients (6Â %) showed significant aspiration on gastrografin fluoroscopy examination after 1Â week; there was no significant correlation between the volume of tissue removed from both tongue base and epiglottis to the incidence of aspiration as shown by gastrografin fluoroscopy examination (pÂ =Â 0.72). No long-term swallowing complaint was registered. Patients who underwent TORS tongue base reduction and supraglottoplasty for sleep apnea proved to have a reasonable short-term swallowing outcomes with no long-term sequelae.
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|Titolo:||Swallowing outcome after TORS for sleep apnea: short- and long-term evaluation|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2015|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||03.1 Articolo su rivista|