The Journal of International
Advanced Otology
Original Article

The Effect of Auricular Graft Donor Site on Morbidity and Cosmetic Appearance in Cartilage Tympanoplasties


Clinic of Otorhinolaryngoloy, Ağrı State Hospital, Ağrı, Turkey


Department of ORL, Trakya University School of Medicine, Edirne, Turkey


Clinic of Otorhinolaryngoloy, Düzce Ataturk State Hospital, Düzce, Turkey


Department of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Trakya University School of Medicine, Edirne, Turkey


Department of Audiology, Trakya University School of Health Sciences, Edirne, Turkey

J Int Adv Otol 2020; 16: 67-72
DOI: 10.5152/iao.2019.5280
Read: 1551 Downloads: 910 Published: 01 April 2020

OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present study was to compare the postoperative morbidity and cosmetic results between the use of the scapha and the use of the tragus as the auricular cartilage graft donor site in patients who had undergone cartilage tympanoplasty. The fascia graft was used as the control.

MATERIALS and METHODS: The patient’s visual symmetry, cosmetic satisfaction, and anthropometric measurements were studied to objectively evaluate the cosmetic condition. The formation of skin scar changes, pigmentation changes, and sensory changes as clinical criteria were compared.

RESULTS: A total of 234 patients and their 257 operated ears were included in the study. Forty prospectively operated ears with preoperative findings were also included. All patients (100%) felt that their results were good, as indicated by the visual analog scale, and the anthropometric ear measurements used to reinforce the data showed no significant differences between the groups. A significant difference with respect to clinical sensory changes was found between the groups only in patients undergoing unilateral surgery via the retro auricular approach (p<0.05). There was no difference between the scapha and tragus groups with respect to scar formation or skin pigmentation change.

CONCLUSION: Neither scapha nor tragus use for graft retrieval led to dissatisfaction or cosmetic problems in the postoperative period. Sensory changes in the skin on clinical evaluation were less common in patients in whom the scapha donor site was preferred than in cases in which the tragus was used.

Cite this article as: Hüseyinoğlu A, Uzun C, Koder A, Yağız R, Benlier E, Bulut E. The Effect of Auricular Graft Donor Site on Morbidity and Cosmetic Appearance in Cartilage Tympanoplasties. J Int Adv Otol 2020; 16(1): 67-72.

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