Comparison of Fluoroplastic Causse Loop Piston and Titanium Soft-Clip in Stapedotomy

Document Type: Original


Otolaryngology Research Center, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran.


Different types of prosthesis are available for stapes replacement. Because there has been no published report on the efficacy of the titanium soft-clip vs the fluoroplastic Causse loop Teflon piston, we compared short-term hearing results of both types of prosthesis in patients who underwent stapedotomy due to otosclerosis.
Materials and Methods:
A total of 57 ears were included in the soft-clip group and 63 ears were included in the Teflon-piston group. Pre-operative and post-operative air conduction, bone conduction, air-bone gaps, speech discrimination score, and speech reception thresholds were analyzed.
Post-operative speech reception threshold gains did not differ significantly between the two groups (P=0.919). However, better post-operative air-bone gap improvement at low frequencies was observed in the Teflon-piston group over the short-term follow-up (at frequencies of 0.25 and 0.50 kHz; P=0.007 and P=0.001, respectively).
Similar post-operative hearing results were observed in the two groups in the short-term.


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