CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Laryngorhinootologie 2018; 97(S 02): S310
DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1640788
Plastische Chirurgie: Plastic Surgery

Use of a fibrinogen-thrombin sponge (TachoSil®) in rhinoplasty: a systematic retrospective analysis

C Jacobi
1   TU München, München, Deutschland
M San Nicolo
2   LMU München, München
A Berghaus
2   LMU München, München
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Several methods have been developed to address nasal dorsum augmentation and smoothing of irregularities in rhinoplasty. Finding the ideal method is still controversial. In this study we evaluate a novel technique of cartilage grafting for nasal dorsum augmentation by wrapping cartilage in a fibrinogen and thrombin coated collagen patch named TachoSil®.


From 16.02.2007 – 11.02.2016, TachoSil® was applied in rhinoplasty in 141 patients. We retrospectively analysed clinical data and photo documentation collected during the postoperative follow-up visits. The mean follow-up period was 20 months.


In 141 patients, TachoSil® was used in different indications: augmentation of saddle nose deformities (n = 72), radix (n = 5), tip-area (n = 4) and refinement of nasal dorsum irregularities (n = 59). A diced cartilage graft enclosed by a bilayer of TachoSil® was applied in 83 patients. Solid pieces of cartilage were either embedded in a bilayer of TachoSil® (n = 14) or covered by a monolayer (n = 51), respectively. In 77 cases, septal cartilage was harvested, in 32 and 8 patients ear and rib cartilage, respectively. Moreover, TachoSil® without cartilage served as a soft tissue support in 16 thin skinned patient. One patient had a soft tissue infection of the nasal tip with a onset 3 weeks postoperatively, another develop bilateral edema of the cheek region on the first postoperative day. In both cases, conservative management was sufficient. A causal relation to TachoSil® could not be shown.


TachoSil® is an eligible and comparatively safe method to facilitate diced or solid cartilage fixation in nasal dorsum augmentation and precise profile shaping.

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Publication Date:
18 April 2018 (online)

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