Healing Ruptured Eardrums With A New 3-D Printed Graft

With over 200,000 cases a year, ruptured eardrums due to traumatic injury and patients with chronic ear infections are a common illness among many. Following the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, however, there was a rush of cases that emphasized the need for improvement in standard surgical techniques. As a result of the extensive damage inflicted by the shockwave, the ruptured eardrums of most patients were beyond self repair and a tympanoplasty, originating in the 1950s, was no longer the most efficient treatment thought to date.

 

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