Archives of oto-rhino-laryngology

, Volume 241, Issue 3, pp 295–301 | Cite as

The effects of tympanic neurectomy and chorda tympanectomy on experimentally induced parotid duct fistulae in rabbits

  • R. Chilla
  • F. J. de Paula Lima
  • M. Droese
  • C. Arglebe


To study the effects of parasympathetic denervation on the secretory activity of parotid fistulae, polyethylene catheters were introduced bilaterally into the parotid main excretory ducts of 10 rabbits, followed by unilateral parasympathectomy performed by segmental resection of the tympanic plexus and the chorda tympani nerve. Although salivary flow from the fistulae of the denervated parotid glands stopped up to 8 days earlier than that from the healthy (control) glands, the effect of parasympathectomy was not strong enough to recommend this operation as the method of choice for the clinical inactivation of persistent parotid fistulae.

Key words

Parotid-duct fistulae Parasympathectomy Denervation Tympanic neurectomy Chorda tympanectomy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Chilla
    • 1
  • F. J. de Paula Lima
    • 2
  • M. Droese
    • 3
  • C. Arglebe
    • 2
  1. 1.ENT Clinic, Zentralkrankenhaus St-Jürgen-StraßeBremen 1Federal Republic of Germany
  2. 2.Department of OtorhinolaryngologyUniversity of GöttingenGöttingenFederal Republic of Germany
  3. 3.Department of PathologyUniversity of GöttingenGöttingenFederal Republic of Germany

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