How effective is a Gelfoam plug in the treatment of tympanic membrane perforation (TMP)?

Updated: Dec 14, 2020
  • Author: Robert A Saadi, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Niklasson and Tano studied the use of a Gelfoam plug in combination with surgical removal of the perforation edges. They concluded that although additional comparative studies are recommended, the plug seems to result in about the same closure rate as the fat plug technique in persistent small ear drum perforations. [25]


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