Customized valve housing

Evangeline Cantu, Frank W. Shagets, Robert C. Fifer, Carl J. Andres, Alan D. Newton

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

5 Scopus citations


Numerous remarkable advancements have been made in the area of voice prosthetics. A significant, persistent problem, however, has been the development of air leaks around the tracheostome housing. This problem is particularly apparent with patients having deeply recessed, irregular stomas. This paper describes a customized tracheostome valve housing that is fabricated to minimize or alleviate difficulties associated with maintenance of an airtight seal. Our experience with 12 patients revealed that they maintain adequate seals for 72 hours and enjoy the functional benefits provided by the customized housing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1159-1163
Number of pages5
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


Dive into the research topics of 'Customized valve housing'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this