Stomal recurrence in head and neck cancer patients with temporary tracheostomy

Eduard Esteller, Adriana Agüero, María Martel, Montserrat López, Miquel Quer, Xavier León

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© 2014 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. Objective: Stomal recurrence following a temporary tracheostomy in the management of the head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) without laryngectomy is a rare finding. We studied the incidence and prognostic significance of stomal recurrence in patients who had a temporary tracheostomy. Methods: Data were obtained retrospectively from a database on all patients with a HNSCC tumour diagnosed and treated at our hospital between 1985 and 2012. Results: Of 491 patients who underwent temporary tracheostomy, six presented tumour recurrence in the stomal scar. The risk of stomal recurrence after a temporary tracheostomy was therefore 1.2% (6/491). Only one of the three patients who received salvage treatment achieved disease control. Conclusion: Tumour recurrence in the stomal scar after a transitory tracheostomy in patients with head and neck carcinoma has an incidence of around 1% and very poor prognosis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)467-470
JournalAuris Nasus Larynx
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Head and neck carcinoma
  • Stomal recurrence
  • Tracheostomy
  • Tumour recurrence


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