Monnier et al. Transthyrohyoid access to the larynx for endoscopic resection of early-stage glottic cancer. Head Neck 2016 Apr

Dr. Monnier and colleagues reported a new surgical technique in a patient with an early stage squamous cell carcinoma of the glottis with involvement of both vocal cords and impossible transoral access to the larynx, due to a medical history of head and neck radiation. While the larynx was accessed transthyrohyoidly, Ventrain was used for transtracheal ventilation during the first part of the surgery, followed by high frequency jet ventilation when the airway was patent. This setup proved to be extremely safe for securing the airway and allowed endoscopic resection of the tumor.