Use of titanium in repair of external auditory canal defects

Black, Bruce (2009) Use of titanium in repair of external auditory canal defects. Otology and Neurotology, 30 7: 930-935. doi:10.1097/MAO.0b013e3181b4eee0

Author Black, Bruce
Title Use of titanium in repair of external auditory canal defects
Journal name Otology and Neurotology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1531-7129
Publication date 2009-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1097/MAO.0b013e3181b4eee0
Volume 30
Issue 7
Start page 930
End page 935
Total pages 6
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Canal wall defect repairs commonly result from cholesteatoma, surgery for chronic ear disease, or exostosis and also from congenital deformities. Reconstructions of these defects are often difficult and unstable. This article reports the use of titanium sheeting to repair external auditory canal wall defects.


Titanium sheeting was used to repair a variety of wall defects. The sheeting was used as a support material, lying deep to the wall defect, which was sealed with an autograft cartilage layer that was fitted to fill the defect. Middle temporal or temporalis fascia vascular flaps were used to cover large-defect repairs to promote rapid healing. The sheeting was used in 56 external auditory canal defect cases, including 35 deep canal defects, 4 lateral bony wall repairs, 12 open-cavity reconstructions, and 5 anterior wall repairs.


There were no evident biomaterial complications, and infection was absent from the series. The sheeting was simpler touse than ceramics, being easily shaped and bent to fit the individual case. Second-look cavity reinspections were simpler than when ceramics or autografts had been used for reconstructions.

Titanium sheeting has been proven an effective method of canal wall repair when combined with the supplementary techniques used with biomaterials in this role (cartilage cover and vascular flaps). Its ease of use, versatility, and reliability are superior to previous organic or ceramic methods.
Keyword Canal
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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