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December 1982

Polyethylene Sponge Total Ossicular Replacement Prosthesis: A Histopathologic Study

Author Affiliations

From the Shea Clinic, Memphis (Dr Shea) and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill (Dr Postma).

Arch Otolaryngol. 1982;108(12):801-802. doi:10.1001/archotol.1982.00790600045010

• The histopathologic findings of a functioning high-density polyethylene sponge (Plastipore) total ossicular replacement prosthesis in a patient who died of unrelated causes are reported herein. The lack of inflammatory cell infiltration of foreign-body giant cells within, or adjacent to, the prosthesis helps substantiate the safety and efficacy of Plastipore in the reconstruction of the ossicular chain.

(Arch Otolaryngol 1982; 108:801-802)