Myringotomy made by CO2 laser--an alternative to the ventilation tube? An experimental study.

@article{Sderberg1984MyringotomyMB,
  title={Myringotomy made by CO2 laser--an alternative to the ventilation tube? An experimental study.},
  author={Outi S{\"o}derberg and Sten Olof Hellstr{\"o}m and L. E. Stenfors},
  journal={Acta oto-laryngologica},
  year={1984},
  volume={97 3-4},
  pages={335-41}
}
In order to examine whether a myringotomy made with a CO2-laser might be alternative to a ventilation tube, a perforation was made in the upper rear quadrant bilaterally, of 22 rats. The laser-made perforations showed a delayed healing pattern, about twice the closing time of a similar-sized perforation made with a myringotomy lancet. Serous effusion was constantly observed in the attic space during the first 9 days but only in one ear was there actual discharge through the perforation. The… CONTINUE READING