Endoscopic butterfly inlay myringoplasty for large perforations

Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 2019 Oct;276(10):2791-2795. doi: 10.1007/s00405-019-05579-2. Epub 2019 Jul 25.


Purpose: Nowadays, the use of otoendoscopy is becoming increasingly popular in ear surgery. Data on endoscopic tympanoplasty are quite current but not yet sufficient. This study aims to present the anatomical and functional results of endoscopic butterfly inlay myringoplasty in large perforations.

Methods: The graft success rates and audiological outcomes of 26 ears of 23 patients who underwent endoscopic cartilage inlay myringoplasty due to large perforation (more than two-thirds of the area of tympanic membrane) from March 2016 to August 2018 were evaluated.

Results: The mean follow-up period was 13.3 ± 7.1 (6-32) months. Graft success rate was 96% (25/26 ears). The preoperative mean air-bone gap (ABG) was 21.4 dB and postoperative mean was 14.4 dB. Significant improvement was observed in postoperative air-bone gap values compared to preoperative period (p 0.005).

Conclusions: Endoscopic inlay butterfly myringoplasty is a safe surgical technique and has satisfactory anatomic and audiological outcomes in large tympanic perforations.

Keywords: Butterfly; Endoscopic myringoplasty; Inlay myringoplasty; Perforation.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Endoscopy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Myringoplasty / methods*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Tympanic Membrane Perforation / surgery*
  • Young Adult