tracheoesophageal puncture

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1. the act of piercing or penetrating with a pointed object.
2. a wound so made.
cisternal puncture see cisternal puncture.
lumbar puncture (spinal puncture) see lumbar puncture.
sternal puncture see sternal puncture.
tracheoesophageal puncture surgical creation of a tracheoesophageal fistula to hold a one-way plastic valve to restore speech after Laryngectomy.

tracheoesophageal puncture

a surgical procedure to restore vocal function in patients who have had a laryngectomy by creating a tracheoesophageal fistula through which the laryngectomee forces air from the trachea into the esophagus to produce sound that is articulated into speech.

tracheoesophageal puncture (TEP)

a one-way synthetic valve placed in a surgically created tracheoesophageal fistula to restore speech after laryngectomy.
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Tracheoesophageal puncture

tra·che·o·e·soph·a·ge·al punc·ture

,tracheoesophageal shunt (TEP) (trā'kē-ō-ē-sof-ā'jē-ăl pŭngk'shŭr, shŭnt)
Surgical procedure connecting the trachea and esophagus. In laryngectomies, the puncture, in combination with a prosthetic valve, allows exhaled air from the lungs to enter the esophagus for production of speech.
Synonym(s): tracheo-oesophageal puncture, tracheo-oesophageal shunt.
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Speech restoration and complications of primary versus secondary tracheoesophageal puncture following total laryngectomy.
Timing of tracheoesophageal puncture for voice restoration: Primary vs secondary.
Botulinum toxin can be used to correct voice failure following tracheoesophageal puncture and dysphagia secondary to cricopharyngeal spasm.