After most surgical procedures on the ear there is a need for tamponade of the external auditory canal, either to maintain a tympanic membrane, a meatal wall, or a graft in position during the period of healing after tympanoplasty, myringoplasty, exploratory tympanotomy, stapedectomy, etc, or to prevent postoperative atresia of the ear canal after radical mastoidectomy, reconstruction of the ear canal, etc.
The simplest way of achieving this is by means of a tampon impregnated with some suitable ointment, eg, (Terra-cortril),® which we have used for ten years now with very good results and have had no complications such as secondary infections or local sensitivity reactions appear. With the increasing number of surgical operations and dressings the need for a suitable mode of applying such tampons has grown, especially since various forms of otitis externa also require this form of treatment.
This paper presents a dispenser (Fig 1) devised by
TOREMALM NG. A Dispenser for Ointment Tamponade. Arch Otolaryngol. 1965;82(4):434–435. doi:10.1001/archotol.1965.00760010436022
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