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February 1969

Polyethylene Tube Technique

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Memphis, Tenn

Arch Otolaryngol. 1969;89(2):431. doi:10.1001/archotol.1969.00770020433040

FOLLOWING the instructions of Dr. Shambaugh, I attempted to take the 200 consecutive cases operated on by the technique of fenestration of the oval window with vein graft and polyethylene tube. That was the technique that I did in the latter part of 1960. Unfortunately, I was able to bring to follow-up only 60%, while 40% were lost to follow-up, a fact which is attributed to two things. Many of them never did come back to the office at the one-year time or the six-year follow-up period, or they subsequently had other techniques performed. One of the main causes of this loss of follow-up was displacement of the polyethylene tube. This occurred in 17 of the 200 cases that we know of. It was certainly one of the main causes of failure of this technique. I might say like Jack Hough, this period was a rather good one for me

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