Inlay butterfly cartilage tympanoplasty

Roy Hod*, Inon Buda, Alain Hazan, Ben I. Nageris

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Objectives: The aim of this study was to analyze the outcome of inlay butterfly cartilage tympanoplasty. Methods: The files of 42 patients (24 were male, 18 were female) who underwent primary or revision inlay butterfly cartilage tympanoplasty in 2005 to 2011 at a tertiary medical center were reviewed. Patients were regularly observed by otoscopy and audiometry. Results: The mean patient age was 27 years (range, 14-75 years), and the mean duration of follow-up was 24 months (range, 3-36 months). The postoperative period was uneventful. The technical (anatomical) success rate was 92% at 1 year. There was a significant decrease in the mean air-bone gap in 32 patients (preoperatively, 49.6 dB; postoperatively, 26.2 dB; P =.006). Results were suboptimal in 3 patients with persistent small perforations of the operated ear. Conclusion: Inlay butterfly cartilage tympanoplasty appears to be effective in terms of defect closure and improved hearing, comparable with temporalis fascia graft tympanoplasty. Follow-up is necessary for at least 1 year when some perforation may reappear.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-43
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Medicine and Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013


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