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October 1971

CLASSIFICATION OF TYMPANOPLASTY-Reply

Arch Otolaryngol. 1971;94(4):380. doi:10.1001/archotol.1971.00770070572021

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Abstract

The purpose of printing the "Classifications of Tympanoplasty" was to stimulate discussion which might ultimately lead to a more uniform national classification.

The purpose of my classifications is simply to use the Wullstein classification as a basis for all subclassifications.

I agree with Dr. Wolferman's statements that we need more subclassifications of pathology and technique and it was implied that all this would be included in my classifications. For example, the full classification was following the initial Wullstein classification and subclassification. An operation might be as follows:

  1. A tympanoplasty type III with incus graft to the malleus with modified radical mastoidectomy in group II, with an excellent prognosis for the reconstructed eardrum and hearing improvement.

  2. A tympanoplasty type III with incus graft to malleus with modified radical mastoidectomy group IV with good prognosis for eardrum and poor prognosis for hearing improvement.

  3. A tympanoplasty type III with incus

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