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Silk films as a repair material for perforations of the tympanic membrane

Allardyce,BJ, Rajkhowa,, Atlas,MD, Dilley,RJ and Wang,X 2014, Silk films as a repair material for perforations of the tympanic membrane, in Proceedings of the 89th Textile Institute World Conference, Fiber Society, [Wuhan, China], pp. 6-10.

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Title Silk films as a repair material for perforations of the tympanic membrane
Author(s) Allardyce,BJORCID iD for Allardyce,BJ orcid.org/0000-0003-4009-3371
Rajkhowa,
Atlas,MD
Dilley,RJ
Wang,X
Conference name The 89th Textile Institute World Conference
Conference location Wuhan, P. R. China
Conference dates 2-6 Nov. 2014
Title of proceedings Proceedings of the 89th Textile Institute World Conference
Publication date 2014
Conference series Textile Institute World Conference
Start page 6
End page 10
Total pages 10
Publisher Fiber Society
Place of publication [Wuhan, China]
Summary Large, chronic perforations of the tympanic membrane or eardrum can cause hearing loss as well as a range of secondary health problems. Current methods of repair usually involve grafting a material such as cartilage from another site on the body across the perforation. However, given problems such as possible infections at the graft donor site and the inability to see through the graft to assess infection within the middle ear, there is a need to develop an alternative material that is strong, readily available and transparent. Such a material would allow for less invasive surgery and potentially result in a superior hearing outcome for the patient. Our recent work has identified silk fibroin films as a promising material for this application. This paper reviews the repair of large perforations and compares the mechanical properties of silk with some existing graft materials. It also briefly discusses the difficulties in defining and comparing these properties with such different materials.
Language eng
Field of Research 090399 Biomedical Engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category EN Other conference paper
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Copyright notice ©2014, Textile Institute
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30070419

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