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Effects of early commercial air travel on graft healing rates after tympanoplasty.
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PMID:  22397220     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
OBJECTIVES: We sought to determine whether commercial air travel soon after tympanoplasty significantly affects graft healing rates.
METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of 169 patients who underwent tympanoplasty from 1993 to 2009, comparing two groups of patients: 69 patients who flew 1 day after surgery and 100 who did not. The confounding factors analyzed were side of surgery, size of perforation, surgical approach, graft material, and grafting technique. The primary outcome measure analyzed was successful closure of the perforation at the first follow-up visit, at 4 weeks, evidenced by direct otoendoscopic examination.
RESULTS: There was no significant difference in the confounding variables between the two groups. There was no significant difference in the primary outcome measure of graft healing rates between the two groups (p = 0.494). Additionally, the overall graft healing rates compared favorably with previously published data from other authors.
CONCLUSIONS: Early commercial air travel after tympanoplasty does not significantly affect graft healing rates and should be considered a relatively safe option.
Authors:
Masaya Konishi; Shailendra Sivalingam; Seung-Ho Shin; Francesca Vitullo; Maurizio Falcioni
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Annals of otology, rhinology, and laryngology     Volume:  121     ISSN:  0003-4894     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Otol. Rhinol. Laryngol.     Publication Date:  2012 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-03-08     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0407300     Medline TA:  Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  110-2     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Affiliation:
Gruppo Otologico, Piacenza, Italy.
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