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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Punción traqueoesofágica

Tracheoesophageal puncture (TRAY-kee-oh-ee-SAH-fuh-JEE-ul PUNK-cher)
A small opening made by a surgeon between the esophagus and the trachea. A valve keeps food out of the trachea but lets air into the esophagus for esophageal speech.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.