Tympanic membrane breakdown after intratympanic injection of steroids in irradiated ears

Yisgav Shapira, Fred F. Telischi

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OBJECTIVE: To describe a rare complication of intratympanic injection of steroids in susceptible ears. PATIENTS: We present two patients with a history of irradiation involving the injected ear. INTERVENTION: Therapeutic. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Tympanic membrane condition after intratympanic injection of steroids. RESULTS: Total or near-total breakdown of the irradiated tympanic membrane. CONCLUSION: Tympanic membranes with an impaired wound-healing ability, together with exposure to intratympanic steroids, may be at risk for total or near-total breakdown.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)499-500
Number of pages2
JournalOtology and Neurotology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 1 2007



  • Complications
  • Intratympanic injection
  • Intratympanic steroids
  • Radiation therapy
  • Tympanic membrane perforation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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