Canal stenosis and atresia can result from a number of causes, including congenital, inflammatory, neoplastic and iatrogenic pathologic conditions. Canalplasty is an eclectic collection of techniques designed to recreate a patent and trouble-free external canal. Despite the large number of etiologies, the principles of canalplasty are the same. The goal is the creation of a widely patent and physiologically intact canal wall. Both the bony and cartilaginous portions must be addressed surgically. Care should be taken to preserve the normal skin and adnexa for lining the canal, but if this is not adequate, skin grafts should be used to prevent healing by secondary intent. Overcorrection of stenosis is advised. We have presented our basic technique for canalplasty and discussed its alteration for specific disorders.
|Number of pages||20|
|Journal||Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America|
|State||Published - 1996|