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Indexed/Abstracted in: EMBASE, Scopus
Online ISSN 1827-188X
Haynes D. S. 1,2
1 Department of Otolaryngology The Otology Group at Vanderbilt Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, USA
2 Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences The Otology Group at Vanderbilt Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, USA
Chronic ear disease is a term that includes a wide range of clinical entities that require careful pre-operative planning, surgical expertise, and appropriate post-operative care. With the primary goals of eradicating disease and preserving function, the surgeon must assess disease accurately and utilize available techniques to meet this difficult balance. In this article, the author outlines the approach to surgical management of chronic ear disease, including discussion of surgical goals, surgical decision making, and discussion of the surgical procedures and techniques.