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December 1966


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1721 Pine St Philadelphia 19103

Arch Otolaryngol. 1966;84(6):713. doi:10.1001/archotol.1966.00760030715023

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To the Editor.—Since it will take many more months to complete an adequate study on the use of heart valves for replacement of eardrums, I would like to invite interested investigators to explore the advantages of this technique.

In over 30 cases during a six-month period I have found the use of heart valves dramatically superior to almost any other material for repairing and replacing eardrums.

Aortic or pulmonic valves obtained from fresh autopsy material are used. Pulmonic valves seem to be better than aortic. It is advisable to do a careful scrutiny of the medical history of the deceased in order to rule out important infections such as syphilis, endocarditis, and rheumatic fever. A large piece of valve is removed and placed in a dry test tube and frozen immediately. Anytime thereafter the material is reconstituted by placing it in nitromersol (Metaphen) or thimerosal (Merthiolate) about five or

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