How effective is bone cement on mean post-operative air-bone gap (ABG) in patients undergoing ossicular chain reconstruction or revision stapes surgery?
Background: Erosion of the long process of the incus is the most common ossicular chain pathology, due to otitis media. A successful ossiculoplasty reestablishes the connection between the tympanic membrane and the inner ear, restoring conductive hearing loss; however, no single technique for the connection has received universal acceptance. In recent years, bone cements, which were originally used in dental surgery, have also become popular in ossiculoplasty.
Explore this issue:January 2015
Study design: Systematic literature search and review of 12 studies.
Setting: PubMed, Embase, and CENTRAL databases.