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Voice Rehabilitation of Broca's Aphasia Following Total Laryngectomy

Dubravko Manestar
Robert Tićac
Radan Starčević
Tatjana Šepić
Goran Malvić
Blažen Marijić
David Bonifačić

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Total laryngectomy, as a consequence of carcinoma of the larynx, results in loss of speech function. Cerebrovascular stroke is the leading cause of reduced speech production ability, and thereby communication difficulties. The case is presented of a 60-year-old male patient who suffered stroke five years after a total laryngectomy. Speech rehabilitation was hampered due to the depressive state of the patient. Although contraindicated, the secondary voice prosthesis was implanted. Only at that moment the patient showed willingness and motivation for speech rehabilitation. The aim of this presentation is to demonstrate that not all neurological disorders are contraindicated for implantation of voice prostheses.


total laryngectomy; stroke; Broca’s aphasia; speech rehabilitation; voice prosthesis

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