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Tympanostomy tubes: patient selection and special considerations

Authors Whittemore Jr K

Received 22 January 2015

Accepted for publication 7 March 2015

Published 6 May 2015 Volume 2015:6 Pages 41—43

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/PHMT.S61938

Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single-blind

Peer reviewer comments 3

Editor who approved publication: Professor Laurens Holmes, Jr


Kenneth R Whittemore Jr

Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Enhancement, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, USA

Abstract: Indications for tympanostomy tube (TT) placement in children with chronic serous effusions and hearing loss are fairly well established. The use of TTs for children with recurrent acute otitis media (rAOM) has not been studied as extensively as for those with hearing loss from middle-ear effusions. There is a subset of children who fall outside established guidelines for either of the preceding categories who may benefit from TT placement. The indications for TT placement in children with middle-ear disease are discussed.

Keywords: tympanostomy tubes, pediatrics, otitis media with effusion, acute otitis media, hearing loss

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