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January 1993

Irradiated Cartilage Grafts in the Nose: A Preliminary Report

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, University of Texas Health Science Center Houston and the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Tex (Dr Kridel); and the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, III (Dr Konior).

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1993;119(1):24-31. doi:10.1001/archotol.1993.01880130026003

• Many nasal deformities require some form of graft or implant material for complete correction. Various well-recognized disadvantages are associated with currently used autografts, allografts, and alloplastic materials, thereby maintaining a continued search for the ideal nasal graft. Irradiated homograft costal cartilage is an allograft that has been used with variable success in the head and neck region. Isolated reports have suggested favorable results with irradiated homograft costal cartilage implantation in the nose. This study details the findings of 306 irradiated homograft costal cartilage grafts that were used in 122 nasal augmentation procedures.

(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1993;119:24-31)