Tissue Engineering of Larynx

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Laryngeal tissue engineering is an exciting field that has the potential of impacting millions of lives. Given the specialized structures and functions of the larynx, tissue bioengineering of this organ is met with many challenges. Current techniques are focused on restoration of vocal fold pliability, providing structural integrity, and neuromuscular regeneration. Investigations into vocal fold regeneration have resulted in a variety of options that are primarily oriented around injectable substances. Hyaluronic acid-based hydrogels, mesenchymal stem cells, and growth factors have all shown promise in the restoration of normal vocal fold biomechanics. Recently, a decellularized human larynx scaffold was successfully created, and may serve as the foundation for hemilaryngectomy defect reconstruction with regenerative tissue. Neuromuscular regeneration continues to be a challenge, but is essential to restoration of normal laryngeal function. Nerve conduits supplemented with neurotrophic factors have allowed for improved neural regeneration. However, aberrant reinnervation of laryngeal musculature prohibits fine vocal fold muscle control. Although laryngeal tissue engineering is still in its infancy, many significant achievements have occurred that advance our understanding of the complex laryngeal functions and bring us one step closer to clinical implementation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationStem Cell Biology and Tissue Engineering in Dental Sciences
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9780123977786, 9780123971579
StatePublished - Nov 13 2014


  • Hydrogel
  • Laryngeal regeneration
  • Larynx bioengineering
  • Larynx reconstruction
  • Recurrent laryngeal nerve
  • Stem cell
  • Vocal fold
  • Vocal fold paralysis
  • Vocal fold regeneration
  • Vocal fold scar

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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