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Definition of Laryngectomy

Laryngectomy: Surgery to remove part or all of the larynx. The surgeon performs a tracheostomy, creating an opening in the front of the neck (stoma). Air enters and leaves the trachea and lungs through the stoma. A tracheostomy tube keeps the new airway open.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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