Functional fat injection under local anesthesia to treat severe postsurgical dysphagia, case report.

Francesco Ottaviani, Antonio Schindler, Francesco Klinger, Letizia Scarponi, Giovanni Succo, Francesco Mozzanica

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In this study, we present the first application of functional fat injection performed under local anesthesia in the treatment of severe dysphagia secondary to head and neck cancer surgery. Functional fat injection was performed using a transcervical approach. Control of injection depth and site was performed through a transnasal flexible endoscope. The effect of surgery was evaluated through videofluoroscopy (VFS), Fiberendoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES), Functional Oral Intake Scale (FOIS), and Eating Assessment Tool-10 (EAT-10). Before the functional fat injection, the patient was dependent on permanent tube feeding; the VFS and FEES revealed a severe impairment of swallowing abilities. The EAT-10 scored 26. Twelve months after surgery, the patient was on oral diet, the VFS demonstrated mild to moderate dysphagia, the FEES demonstrated aspiration only with liquids and the EAT-10 improved. Functional fat injection under local anesthesia could be useful in the treatment of chronic dysphagia in selected patients.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)E17-E21
JournalHead and Neck Surgery
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019


  • dysphagia
  • fat injection
  • head and neck cancer
  • local anesthesia
  • surgery

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