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From: Faculty of 1000 Medicine <editorial@f1000.com>
To: drmubarakkhan@yahoo.co.in
Sent: Friday, 7 October 2011 4:54 PM
Subject: Faculty of 1000: your article has been evaluated

Dear MM Khan,

I'm pleased to inform you that one of your articles, Primary cartilage tympanoplasty: our technique and results. (Am J Otolaryngol 2011 Sep-Oct), has been selected and evaluated by Neil Bailie, a Member of the Faculty of 1000 (F1000), which places your work in our library of the top 2% of published articles in biology and medicine. The service is widely used to find significant new research articles, and the inclusion of your article should significantly increase its visibility.
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Article details:

Primary cartilage tympanoplasty: our technique and results.
MM Khan, SR Parab
Am J Otolaryngol 2011 Sep-Oct 32 5:381-7
PMID 20832904 DOI 10.1016/j.amjoto.2010.07.010

Evaluation details:

Recommended [6]

Important Confirmation



I found that this article proves the success of an already well-established technique of cartilage tympanoplasty and its wider applications in type I tympanoplasties. The abstract is well structured. The methodology is acceptable; however, it would have been better if the study had been conducted prospectively. The desirable acoustic properties and high graft uptake rates of sliced/thinned cartilage graft are well established in the literature and this article confirms this. The authors have clearly and elaborately described the technique of graft harvesting and positioning. The follow-up of at least 2 years with audiogram establishes the long-term continued success rate of the procedure. However, the authors failed to describe in detail the size of the perforation, any revision procedures or any contralateral or bilateral ear surgeries, which in my opinion are important factors in deciding on the long-term graft uptake rates. A significant number of patients (45 out of 268) missed the follow-up but neither they were included in the final results nor the authors explained the reason for exclusion. The statistical analysis used was very simple. The cartilage splitter set (Kalelkar Surgical, Mumbai, India) is described in an article of similar type and is available in the international market from Medtronic (The MicroFrance® Teixido Cartilage Cutter). Its interesting to see the huge variations in practice in different parts of the globe. In the UK, with free health care and limited resources (National Health Service), weekly (for 4 weeks) and monthly (for 6 months) follow-up is impossible and not necessary. The role of postoperative antibiotics in routine middle ear operations is controversial.

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