Hearing results following modified radical versus canal-up mastoidectomy

James A. Cook, Surya Krishnan, Paul A. Fagan*

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    Modified radical mastoidectomy (MRM) provides relatively safe surgical access for the removal of chronic middle ear and mastoid disease and gives reproducible results. However, it has been suggested that hearing may not be as good as that after 'intact canal wall mastoidectomy' (ICWM). This paper reviews 153 tertiary referrals suffering from extensive disease who underwent MRM and compares their hearing results with those obtained by other authors using ICWM and MRM and a variety of reconstructive techniques. In this study there were no dead ears and no significant changes in bone conduction despite prolonged drilling and extensive disease. Hearing results after MRM were found to be better after primary surgery than after revision and better in the presence of an intact stapes. No rigid prostheses were used at first- stage surgery. There were no significant differences found between hearing results obtained by MRM in this series and other published results of canal wall down mastoidectomy and ICWM, irrespective of the use of ossicular replacement prostheses.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)379-383
    Number of pages5
    JournalAnnals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - May 1996


    • ear
    • hearing
    • mastoidectomy
    • surgery


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