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Laryngoscope. 1998 May;108(5):657-61.

Inlay tympanoplasty: cartilage butterfly technique.

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Department of Otolaryngology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, Boston 02114, USA.


For closure of a nonmarginal tympanic membrane perforation, currently popular techniques utilize either an underlay or an onlay approach. However, both procedures require incising canal skin. A transcanal inlay procedure could provide theoretical advantages of ease, speed, and comfort. Specifically designed cartilage that could facilitate the transcanal approach similar to placement of a solid tube was employed and evaluated. A transcanal cartilage butterfly inlay technique was found to be efficient and effective to close a subgroup of small-to-medium-sized tympanic membrane perforations including cases in which the condition of the tympanic membrane was somewhat hostile. Postoperative patient comfort was an additional benefit.

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