Surgical treatment of congenital aural atresia - is it still justified?
2015 (English)In: Acta Oto-Laryngologica, ISSN 0001-6489, Vol. 135, no 3, 226-232 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Conclusion: Surgery candidacy based on the surgical accessibility of the middle ear seems more valuable than the use of a preoperative grading system. Also patients with severe malformations can benefit from surgical reconstruction. Objective: To evaluate the long-term results of the primary surgical treatment of patients with congenital auricular atresia (CAA). Methods: One hundred patients with CAA underwent surgical reconstruction between 1985 and 2010. The mean follow-up time was 40 months. All patients were retrospectively scored using the Jahrsdoerfer grading scale and divided into two groups according to the grade of their malformation. Group 1 included 20 patients with scores of 4-6 and group 2 included 80 patients with scores of 7-10. Pre- and postoperative air conduction (AC), bone conduction (BC), pure-tone average 'air-bone gap' (PTA(4)-ABG), surgical findings, postoperative complications, and revision surgeries performed were determined and compared between the two groups. Results: For 90% of the patients in group 1 and 79% of the patients in group 2, the postoperative ABG was within 0 and 30 dB. The most common complications were recurrent infection, lateralization of the tympanic membrane, and restenosis of the ear canal.
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2015. Vol. 135, no 3, 226-232 p.
atresiaplasty, grade of malformation, long-term results
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-251442DOI: 10.3109/00016489.2014.979437ISI: 000351172500004PubMedID: 25625335OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-251442DiVA: diva2:807307