THE PROBLEM of congenital atresia of the external auditory canal has been an intriguing and baffling one to otologists for many years. With the hope of contributing some knowledge to the ultimate solution of this difficult problem this paper is presented.
I have been interested in these cases for a number of years and have been fortunate in that a considerable number of these patients have been referred to me by the Division of Services for Crippled Children of the University of Illinois.
My first attempt at surgical correction of this deformity was in July, 1946. A radical mastoidectomy was done through a modified endaural type incision, and the mastoid was exenterated. The middle ear was identified and the ossicles exposed, and it was noted that the malleus and incus were deformed. A split-thickness skin graft was then placed over the opening to the middle ear, and the mastoid cavity
THEOBALD PW. SURGERY OF CONGENITAL ATRESIA OF THE EXTERNAL AUDITORY CANAL. AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1954;59(1):87–92. doi:10.1001/archotol.1954.00710050099011
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