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June 1968

Uses of Injectable Teflon in Otolaryngology

Author Affiliations

Nashville, Tenn
From the Division of Otolaryngology, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tenn. After July 1 Dr. Ward will be at University of California School of Medicine, Los Angeles.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1968;87(6):637-643. doi:10.1001/archotol.1968.00760060639017

THROUGHOUT the history of medicine, physicians have sought to restore anatomically deficient areas of the human body by autogenous, homologous, and synthetic materials. Beyond any doubt, the preferable substances as far as tissue tolerance is concerned continues to be autogenous materials. While physiologically more acceptable, autogenous materials suffer from many disadvantages. These include availability, the necessity for surgical acquisition and implantation, and the problem of reabsorption. The search for well-tolerated synthetic material has been underway almost as long as has the search for the fountain of youth and has been as elusive as the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The desire stems from the advantages that an ideal synthetic implant would provide. These include immediate availability, ease of sculpturing and molding, elimination of need for donor or donor site, and diminution or absence of resorption. The use of an injectable type synthetic implant also eliminates the

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