J. E. Amadasun
Mar 1, 2002
The Journal of Laryngology & Otology
Controversies of how best to treat fresh tympanic membrane perforations have always existed. While some otolaryngologists prefer the paper patch method, others prefer modified myringoplasty. A prospective study is needed to investigate the most effective and least expensive management of this common ear trauma. This study examined prospectively, in three sections, a group of patients with a cellophane patch (n = 6), another group with a gentamicin ointment seal (n = 15) and a control group (n = 9) with a gentamicin plug placed at the distal end of the external auditory cavity. Successful healing of the traumatic tympanic membrane perforations was achieved in 50 per cent of the cellophane seal group, 86.7 per cent of the gentamicin ointment seal group and 77.8 per cent of the control group. This study shows that the management of a fresh tympanic membrane perforation should be limited to cleaning the traumatized ear and preventing infection.