Open partial horizontal laryngectomies: A proposal for classification by the working committee on nomenclature of the European Laryngological Society

G. Succo, G. Peretti, C. Piazza, M. Remacle, H. E. Eckel, D. Chevalier, R. Simo, A. G. Hantzakos, G. Rizzotto, M. Lucioni, E. Crosetti, A. R. Antonelli

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Abstract

We present herein the proposal of the European Laryngological Society working committee on nomenclature for a systematic classification of open partial horizontal laryngectomies (OPHL). This is based on the cranio-caudal extent of laryngeal structures resected, instead of a number of different and heterogeneous variables present in existing nomenclatures, usually referring to eponyms, types of pexy, or inferior limit of resection. According to the proposed classification system, we have defined three types of OPHLs: Type I (formerly defined horizontal supraglottic laryngectomy), Type II (previously called supracricoid laryngectomy), and Type III (also named supratracheal laryngectomy). Use of suffixes "a" and "b" in Type II and III OPHLs reflects sparing or not of the suprahyoid epiglottis. Various extensions to one arytenoid, base of tongue, piriform sinus, and crico-arytenoid unit are indicated by abbreviations (ARY, BOT, PIR, and CAU, respectively). Our proposal is not intended to give a comprehensive algorithm of application of different OPHLs to specific clinical situations, but to serve as the basis for obtaining a common language among the head and neck surgical community. We therefore intend to present this classification system as a simple and intuitive teaching instrument, and a tool to be able to compare surgical series with each other and with non-surgical data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2489-2496
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology
Volume271
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Classification
  • Horizontal supraglottic laryngectomy
  • Laryngeal cancer
  • Open partial laryngectomy
  • Supracricoid laryngectomy
  • Supratracheal laryngectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Medicine(all)

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