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May 1978

Tympanic Neurectomy and Chorda Tympanectomy for the Control of Drooling

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York (Drs Parisier, Blitzer, Binder, and Marovitz) and the Department of Otolaryngology, St Louis University School of Medicine, St Louis (Dr Friedman).

Arch Otolaryngol. 1978;104(5):273-277. doi:10.1001/archotol.1978.00790050039009

• Seventeen patients suffered from drooling that either occurred as a sequelae of extensive head and neck cancer resections or was due to neurological disorders. In these patients, a tympanic neurectomy and/or chorda tympanectomy was performed in an attempt to eliminate the drooling. The conditions in five of 12 (41%) patients with head and neck cancer were improved following such surgery. Two of four children with cerebral palsy initially had a good result. However, the long-term follow-up of the patients demonstrated that the drooling recurred. An additional patient suffering from bulbar weakness and drooling owing to a cerebrovascular accident had less problems with salivary secretions. The results were relatively disappointing; there are several possible explanations for this.

(Arch Otolaryngol 104:273-277, 1978)

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