Open-cavity tympanomastoidectomy

P. S. Roland, W. L. Meyerhoff

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Open-cavity tympanomastoidectomies offer a low rate of recurrence or persistence of cholesteatoma. Reoperation for cholesteatoma occurs in 5% or less of patients. This compares quite favorably to the 20% to 40% recurrence rates associated with closed-cavity techniques. Protracted postoperative drainage is uncommon in well-crafted cavities. Individuals are able to engage in almost all of the activities of daily living without difficulty. Little difference exists in the hearing outcome between open-cavity and closed- cavity techniques. This is now generally recognized and widely accepted. Meaningful differences between open-cavity and closed-cavity techniques are recapitulated in Table 1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)525-546
Number of pages22
JournalOtolaryngologic Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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