Secondary tracheoesophageal puncture in-office using seldinger technique

Christopher J. Britt, Dylan Lippert, Rachael Kammer, Charles N. Ford, Seth H. Dailey, Timothy McCulloch, Gregory Hartig

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Objective. Evaluate the safety and efficacy of in-office secondary tracheoesophageal puncture (TEP) technique using transnasal esophagoscopy (TNE) and the Seldinger technique in conjunction with a cricothyroidotomy kit for placement. Study Design. Case series with chart review. Setting. Academic medical center. Subject and Methods. A retrospective chart review was performed on 83 subjects who underwent in-office secondary TEP. Variables that were examined included disease site, staging, histologic diagnosis, extent of resection and reconstruction, chemoradiation, functional voice status (as assessed by speech pathologist in most recent note), and complications directly related to the procedure. Results. Eighty-three individuals from our institution met our criteria for in-office secondary TEP from 2005 to August 2012. Of these, 97.6% (81/83) had no complications of TEP. The overall complication rate was 2.4% (2/83). Complications included bleeding from puncture site and closure of puncture site after dislodgement of prosthesis at the time of puncture. Fluent conversational speech was achieved in 69.9% of all patients (58/83), and an additional 19.3% (16/83) achieved functional/intelligible speech; of those, 3.6% (3/83) were unable to achieve fluent conversational speech due to anatomic defects from previous surgery. Conclusion. An in-office TEP can be safely performed using the Seldinger technique with direct visualization using TNE, despite the extent of resection or reconstruction, with functional speech outcomes comparable to other studies available in the literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)808-812
Number of pages5
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (United States)
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Seldinger
  • cricothyroidotomy
  • efficacy
  • esophagoscopy
  • kit
  • outcomes
  • prosthesis
  • safety
  • secondary
  • speech
  • tracheoesophageal puncture
  • transnasal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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