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‘Smart’ grommets

  • N Goncalves (a1), D Lubbe (a1), S Peer (a2) and J Fagan (a1)



A novel, smartphone-based technique for endoscopic grommet insertion is presented.

Results and conclusion

This method is both cost-effective and time-saving, offering a valuable alternative to the traditional microscope-based method in a resource-constrained setting.


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Author for correspondence: Dr N Goncalves, Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town 7925, South Africa E-mail: Fax: + 27 21 448 8865


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‘Smart’ grommets

  • N Goncalves (a1), D Lubbe (a1), S Peer (a2) and J Fagan (a1)


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