Journal article

SURFACE-MORPHOLOGY OF MIDDLE-EAR EPITHELIUM IN CHRONIC EAR DISEASE

AM AGIUS, M WAKE, AL PAHOR, LA SMALLMAN

JOURNAL OF LARYNGOLOGY AND OTOLOGY | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 1994

Abstract

The ultrastructural details of normal middle ear mucosa have been reported in detail in the literature. This study was aimed at investigating the superficial structure of middle ear epithelium with the scanning electron microscope in patients with persistent otitis media with effusion (OME) and chronic suppurative otitis media (CSOM), especially in the light of the authors' recent findings regarding decreased ciliary beat frequency (CBF) in patients exposed to tobacco smoke. Mucosal biopsies were taken from the anterior mesotympanum in four patients with OME and another four patients with CSOM. There was no significant abnormality of cellular surface structure in patients with chronic middle..

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