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June 1977

Modified Technique of Iontophoretic Anesthesia for Myringotomy in Children

Author Affiliations

From the Portland Otologic Clinic, Portland, Ore.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1977;103(6):358-360. doi:10.1001/archotol.1977.00780230080013

• A modified technique is described for iontophoretic anesthesia in children who require myringotomy and insertion of a tube (tympanostomy). Principal modifications include the following procedures: (1) preoperative parenteral sedation; (2) relatively painless injection of lidocaine hydrochloride-epinephrine hydrochloride solution into the external auditory canal skin after iontophoresis that corrects failure of iontophoresis alone to eliminate the extreme bony canal wall tenderness; (3) injection of lidocaine-epinephrine solution into an atelectatic middle ear to anesthetize the promontory for painless tube insertion; (4) substitution of a disposable ECG electrode for a metal plate electrode to eliminate the possibility of electrical burn from metal-to-skin contact. These modifications enhance the effectiveness and the safety of iontophoretic anesthesia, minimize the need for general anesthesia, and liberalize the indications for tympanostomy.

(Arch Otolaryngol 103:358-360, 1977)

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