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Letters to the Editor
April 2001

Comparison of Tympanic Membranes

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Copyright 2001 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2001

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2001;127(4):468-469. doi:

In the June 2000 issue of the ARCHIVES, Gnuechtel et al1 present late effects of topical anesthetics on the healing of guinea pig tympanic membranes (TMs) after myringotomy. The conclusion is that no significant differences can be detected between the various anesthetics 6 months after application and myringotomy. These results are very much consistent with those documented earlier after application of local anesthetics without myringotomy.2