Dislodgement of a tracheo-oesophageal prosthesis needs prompt action to ensure patency and prevent aspiration in patients with total laryngectomy. Failure to do so may lead to an unnecessary repeat tracheo-oesophageal puncture. This case report is about a patient who needed a repeat procedure under general anaesthetic. It highlights the need for emergency physicians to be aware of this not uncommon event in a patient with a laryngectomy and to refer them immediately for ENT review.
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