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November 1995

Expanded Polytef for Reconstructing Postparotidectomy Defects and Preventing Frey's Syndrome

Author Affiliations

From the Manhattan (NY) Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1995;121(11):1307-1309. doi:10.1001/archotol.1995.01890110081015

An expanded polytef (polytetrafluoroethylene [ePTFE]) soft-tissue patch was used in nine patients to reconstruct postparotidectomy defects and prevent Frey's syndrome. All nine cases were constructed primarily using either a 1- or 2-mm-thick patch depending on the depth of the defect. All nine patients achieved excellent, nearly normal contour that approximates the uninvolved side. None complained of Frey's syndrome. Average follow-up to date is 12 months.

(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1995;121:1307-1309)