Outcomes of endoscopic transcanal type 1 cartilage tympanoplasty
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We aimed to evaluate air–bone GAP (ABG), graft success and hearing gain according to the size and location of perforation in patients who underwent endoscopic transcanal type 1 cartilage tympanoplasty due to the tympanic membrane perforation and chronic otitis media.
The 104 patients (52 male and 52 female) who underwent endoscopic transcanal type 1 cartilage tympanoplasty, were evaluated retrospectively. Tragal cartilage grafts were utilized in all patients. Perforation size/location, duration of surgery, pre-operative and post-operative (6th month) average ABG, and pure-tone audiometric results (at 500–1000–2000–4000 Hz) as well as overall graft success were evaluated.
The mean duration of surgery was 45.60 ± 17.39 min. Perforations were most frequently located in anterior quadrant with moderate sized. The post-operative air-conduction results were significantly improved at 500–1000–2000–4000 Hz frequencies. Similarly, pre-operative air-conduction pure-tone average (PTA) (35.36 ± 11.9 dB) was significantly decreased (22.34 ± 7.9 dB) after postoperative 6 months (p ≤ 0.001). The overall graft success rate was 93.2%. Moreover, pre-operative mean ABG (19.82 ± 7.4 dB) was significantly decreased (9.05 ± 4.3 dB) after postoperative 6 months (p ≤ 0.001).
Endoscopic transcanal type 1 cartilage tympanoplasty achieved a high graft success rate, and improved hearing results, regardless of the perforations' location and size. Endoscopic tympanoplasty provides high patient safety and comfort in middle-ear surgery by wide visualization, easy applicability, short-operation duration, low complication risk, and less invasive approach.
KeywordsTympanoplasty Endoscopic ear surgery Cartilage graft Tympanic membrane perforation
Institutional Review Board protocol approval number: 141-2018. Institutional Review Board protocol approval number date: 11.09.2018
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All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. This article does not contain any studies with animals performed by any of the authors.
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