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Clinical outcome of revision cartilage tympanoplasty

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November 8, 2018
by Pei-Yin Wei, MD; Chia-Hui Chu, MD, MPH; Mao-Che Wang, MD, PhD


We retrospectively reviewed 32 ears from 30 adult patients with chronic otitis media who underwent revision tympanoplasty using cartilage graft (performed by a single surgeon) from January 10, 2011, to May 10, 2016. All procedures were performed using an endaural incision for both temporalis fascia graft and tragal cartilage graft harvesting. The overall surgical success rate was 93.3%. The average preoperative hearing level was 43.1 ± 17.3 dBHL, and the average postoperative hearing level was 39.2 ± 18.2 dBHL, representing a significant improvement. The average air-bone gap was 19.4 ±7.6 dB preoperatively and 16.9 ± 9.9 dB postoperatively. Also of note, the improvement in air-bone gap reached the level of significance at 500 Hz (p = 0.023). We conclude that using cartilage graft in revision tympanoplasty is a safe and reliable technique with good surgical outcomes. Using one single endaural incision for both fascia and cartilage harvesting is simple while achieving aesthetic wound healing.

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