Keimyung Medical Journal, Vol.4(2) : 275~278, 1985
Postradiation laryngeal edema may occur when either high doses have to be given or infection supervenes on an irradiated iarynx. In our dept., I had experienced patients with the glottic and transglottic type of laryngeal cancer, who had selected radiotherapy with Cobalt 60， as a first choice.
The patients had showed severe edema around the arytenoid and suffered from dyspnea and neck pain 3 to 4 months after radiotherapy. In spite of repeated trials with antibiotics and steroid, there were no improvement. So, total laryngectomy were performed. After operation I had experienced the complications of pharyngocutaneous fistula and disruption of the reconstructed pharyngeal mucosa.
Hereby I present 2 cases with a brief review of the literature.