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January 1969

Complications Following Obliterative Mastoid Operations

Author Affiliations

Dorcaster, England
From the Royal Infirmary, Dorcaster, England.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1969;89(1):196-198. doi:10.1001/archotol.1969.00770020198035

The types of obliterative operations which I am going to talk about are listed below:

  1. Lining of mastoid cavity with a thick pedicled skin flap containing subcutaneous tissue;

  2. Lining of mastoid cavity with vein homografts;

  3. Filling in of mastoid cavity (and tympanum) with muscle and fascia, musculoplasty or myoplasty;

  4. Obliteration of mastoid cavity with autogenous bone grafts and lining the surface with skin.

The method of filling in of the mastoid cavity and sometimes the tympanum as well with muscle or muscle and fascis are now techniques, giving very good immediate results. Some form of myoplasty or musculoplasty, as it is sometimes known, is probably the most commonly performed of all the obliterative mastoid operations. I have tried to discover the complications in the immediate and the long-term, both by a study of the published work on this method and also from my own experience and

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