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Pressure dressing after excision of preauricular sinus: suture transfixion of silicone sheets

  • K W Heo (a1), M J Baek (a1) and S K Park (a1)

Abstract

Objective:

After excision of a preauricular sinus, a head bandage compressive dressing is usually used to reduce dead space and to decrease the risk of recurrence. However, such use of a head bandage may cause various problems. We assessed a new method of compressive dressing, using suture transfixion of silicone sheets to the former sinus tract, following preauricular sinus excision.

Methods:

This retrospective study reviewed the medical records of patients undergoing preauricular sinus excision in a tertiary referral centre over a five-year period. After excision of the preauricular sinus, patients underwent suture transfixion of silicone sheets. Post-operative outcomes were analysed.

Results:

The new dressing method was performed on 50 ears of 37 patients. The post-operative incidence of recurrence and haematoma formation was 4 and 2 per cent, respectively. Other problems possibly caused by head bandaging, such as headache, facial flushing, and nausea and/or vomiting, were not observed.

Conclusion:

Compressive dressing by suture transfixion of silicone sheets is safe and effective following preauricular sinus excision.

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Corresponding author

Address for correspondence: Dr Kyung Wook Heo, Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Inje University College of Medicine, Busan Paik Hospital, 633-165 Keakeum-dong, Busanjin-Ku, Busan, 614-735, South Korea. Fax: 82 51 892 3831 E-mail: heokw96@kornet.net

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Pressure dressing after excision of preauricular sinus: suture transfixion of silicone sheets

  • K W Heo (a1), M J Baek (a1) and S K Park (a1)

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