Biomaterials for voice reconstruction

G,J. Verkerke, J.W. Tack, I.F. Hermann, H.F. Mahieu, B.F.A.M. van der Laan, H.K. Schutte

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    A laryngectomy has severe consequences for the patient's quality of life. The voice becomes low-pitched, nasal functions are lost and the inevitable visible tracheostoma can be the source of mental problems. An artificial larynx could solve all of these problems. However, the function of the larynx is complex. Whether such a device can be made is questionable and will be discussed. It is important to realize which functions have to be restored and which solutions for those functions are available.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationBiomeaterials in modern medicine
    Subtitle of host publicationthe Groningen perspective
    EditorsRutger Ploeg, Gerhard Rakhorst
    Place of PublicationSingapore
    PublisherWorld Scientific
    Number of pages18
    ISBN (Print)978-981-270-956-1
    Publication statusPublished - 2008


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