Cartilage versus temporalis fascia in tympanplasty

Eugen Horatiu Stefanescu, Stan Cotulbea, Alin Horia Marin & Nicolae Balica
Introduction: Retraction or perforation after reconstruction of the eardrum are well known problems in tympanoplasty. Different techniques and materials, including cartilage and temporalis fascia have been used in an attempt to prevent these problems. Today cartilage is more and more often used in middle ear surgery. It is therefore interesting to compare the outcomes in the short and long term with fascia grafting, which is still the most commonly used material. Methods: Between January 2002...