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April 1936

VARIATION OF THE PEDICLE FLAP FOR EPITHELIATION OF THE RADICAL MASTOIDECTOMY CAVITY

Author Affiliations

PHILADELPHIA
From the Department of Otology, the Temple University School of Medicine.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1936;23(4):469-474. doi:10.1001/archotol.1936.00640040478008
Abstract

Our purpose in this communication is to report a new type of pedicle flap operation to be used in the epitheliation of the radical mastoidectomy cavity. This graft, in our opinion, is especially valuable in cases in which previous mastoidectomy has been performed and there is lack of epidermis. This variation in the technic, as far as we can ascertain by a careful search of the literature, has not previously been reported.

The aim in the treatment of chronic suppurative otitis media, with or without cholesteatoma, is the production of a dry ear. If all attempts at conservative treatment fail, radical mastoidectomy is often employed. At times the radical surgical treatment must be carried out as an emergency procedure to forestall the development of intracranial complications or because of symptoms of labyrinthine involvement.

One of the disadvantages of the radical operation is that even after its performance

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