Blunting of the Anterior Tympanomeatal Angle Following Tympanoplasty
Department of Otolaryngology; School of Medicine; Senior Scholars Program
Medical Education | Otolaryngology | Otorhinolaryngologic Diseases
Outcomes following tympanoplasty procedures are variable and depend on the duration, etiology, and location of the perforation as well as the approach for tympanic membrane (TM) grafting (1). Complications following tympanoplasty, including infection, canal stenosis, and lateralization of the graft are known to impact postoperative hearing outcomes (1). “Blunting” is an additional postoperative complication that may compromise the viability and sound conduction properties of the reconstructed TM (1). Blunting occurs when there is loss of the normally acute (45–50 degrees) anterior tympanomeatal angle (ATMA) at the junction between the TM and external auditory canal (EAC) (2).
Blunting, Otopathology, Tympanoplasty
DOI of Published Version
Trakimas DR, Gandhi D, Kozin ED, Cheng JT, Remenschneider AK. Blunting of the Anterior Tympanomeatal Angle Following Tympanoplasty. Otol Neurotol. 2018 Dec;39(10):e1179-e1181. doi: 10.1097/MAO.0000000000001985. PMID: 30252798. Link to article on publisher's site
Otology and neurotology : official publication of the American Otological Society, American Neurotology Society [and] European Academy of Otology and Neurotology
Trakimas, Danielle R.; Gandhi, Dhrumi; Kozin, Elliott D.; Cheng, Jeffrey T.; and Remenschneider, Aaron K., "Blunting of the Anterior Tympanomeatal Angle Following Tympanoplasty" (2018). University of Massachusetts Medical School. Senior Scholars Program. Paper 297.