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Aetiology and pathology of otitis media with effusion in adult life.

Authors
  • Mills, R1
  • Hathorn, I1
  • 1 Otolaryngology Unit,University of Edinburgh,Scotland,UK.
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of Laryngology & Otology
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Publication Date
May 01, 2016
Volume
130
Issue
5
Pages
418–424
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1017/S0022215116000943
PMID: 26976514
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

To gather and analyse information concerning the aetiology and pathology of otitis media with effusion in adults. A review of the English language literature from 1970 to the present was conducted. The available evidence suggests that otitis media with effusion in adult life is best viewed as a syndrome with a number of causes, including: infiltration of the eustachian tube by nasopharyngeal carcinoma and other local malignancies; changes in the middle ear and eustachian tube induced by radiotherapy; and systemic disease. There is now a body of evidence specifically related to the aetiology and pathology of otitis media with effusion in adult life. However, further research is required to fill in the gaps in our knowledge and understanding of this condition.

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