The purpose of this report is not to amplify on the merits and advantages of skin grafting of the radical mastoid cavity, as it is a tried and well-proved procedure, but rather to show a simple way to obtain an ample, resistant, viable graft.
Lempert1 utilized the small sections of the skin of the posterior auditory canal; House,2 skin from the postauricular area; Farrior,3 skin from the thigh; Campbell,4 skin from the inner surface of the arm; Myers and Wilf,5 skin from the cavum conchae, modifying Lempert's endaural incision.
Skin grafting is time-consuming and tedious and needs an assistant adept in the use of the dermatome. Skin taken from the thigh, arm, or abdomen provides a large graft, as desired, but the denuded area also leaves an undesirable and mutilating scar, especially distasteful to women. Also, success of this graft is not very certain. Skin
VICENCIO AB. A RETROAURICULAR PEDICLE SKIN GRAFT TO LINE THE RADICAL MASTOID CAVITY. AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1956;63(3):296–298. doi:10.1001/archotol.1956.03830090068017
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