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Resultate und ausser- gewöhnliche Komplikationen der Chirurgie der Gehörgangexostosen [Results and extraordinary complications of surgery for exostoses of the external auditory canal].
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We present a retrospective study on 22 operations of exostosis of the external auditory canal in 20 patients. 8 patients were passionated by water sports. The most frequent indication for surgery (13 operations) was recurrent external otitis or ceruminal obstruction. In 7 cases the need for a wider access to the middle ear indicated surgery. Surgery was usually performed as an outpatient procedure, maximum hospitalization was 3 days. The mean healing period was 6 (3-10) weeks. Mean follow up was 43 (3-110) months. There were no severe intraoperative complications such as facial paresis, lesions of the ossicles or of the inner ear. As intraoperative complications we found 2 perforations of the tympanic membrane, 2 expositions of the capsule of the mandibular joint, one of which was followed by chronic pain. As postoperative complications we found an early soft tissue stenosis of the external auditory canal and one late soft tissue stenosis which recurred after revision surgery. No recurrence of exostosis was seen. We describe an up to now unknown complication: the appearance of bilateral petrositis caused by staphylococcus epidermidis after bilateral surgery in an otherwise healthy patient. This study confirms that severe complications are rare, minor ones however relatively common. And that also minor complications may have a troublesome follow. Therefore and because of the potential of severe complications indication for surgery must be made cautiously and risks of the operation must not be underestimated.
Adult, Ear Canal/surgery, Ear Diseases/surgery, Exostoses/surgery, Humans, Intraoperative Complications/etiology, Intraoperative Complications/surgery, Male, Middle Aged, Otitis Externa/surgery, Petrous Bone/surgery, Postoperative Complications/etiology, Postoperative Complications/surgery, Retrospective Studies, Staphylococcal Infections/surgery, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Surgical Wound Infection/surgery
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