Current variations and practice patterns in tympanic membrane perforation repair

S. Benyo, R. A. Saadi, C. D. Sacks, V. Patel, T. S. King, Huseyin Isildak

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Objective Management of tympanic membrane perforations is varied. This study aimed to better understand current practice patterns in myringoplasty and type 1 tympanoplasty. Methods An electronic questionnaire was distributed to American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery members. Practice patterns were compared in terms of fellowship training, practice length, practice setting, paediatric case frequency and total cases per year. Results Of the 321 respondents, most were comprehensive otolaryngologists (60.4 per cent), in private practice (60.8 per cent), with a primarily adult practice (59.8 per cent). Fellowship training was the factor most associated with significant variations in management, including pre-operative antibiotic usage (p = 0.019), contraindications (p < 0.001), approach to traumatic perforations (p < 0.001), use of local anaesthesia (p < 0.001), graft material (p < 0.001), tympanoplasty technique (p = 0.003), endoscopic assistance (p < 0.001) and timing of post-operative audiology evaluation (p = 0.003). Conclusion Subspecialty training appears to be the main variable associated with significant differences in peri-operative decision-making for surgical repair of tympanic membrane perforations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)249-258
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Laryngology and Otology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 21 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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