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Safety of gold in stapes surgery

Kwok, P. ; Schuster, M. ; Boch, K. ; Jacob, P. ; Gleich, Otto ; Strutz, J.


Gold prostheses in middle ear surgery were found to have a higher extrusion rate than prostheses made from titanium. Incidences of deafness after insertion of a gold piston into the vestibule during stapes surgery have been observed. The aim of this study was to find out to what degree gold cations can diffuse from the prosthesis piston into the perilymph. For this, gold prostheses were incubated ...


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