Abstract:The mastoid process of the temporal bone can become infected with possible serious complications. If the infection does not respond to antibiotics, the infected area must be surgically removed, with the result that a cavity is formed. This cavity must be obliterated before the soft tissues can be closed over the site.
Many biological tissues have been used in attempts to obliterate the mastoid cavity. Fat grafts and diced cartilage have shown less than optimum success because of their tendency to suffer variou…
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