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Management of chronic middle ear effusion.

Authors
  • Thomas, G L
Type
Published Article
Journal
California medicine
Publication Date
Apr 01, 1969
Volume
110
Issue
4
Pages
300–304
Identifiers
PMID: 5798499
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Management of chronic middle ear effusion must center around the reestablishment of normal eustachian tube function. If fluid does not clear with medical management, aspiration becomes necessary. A prosthetic eustachian tube is placed in the tympanic membrane in order to artificially ventilate the middle ear space while primary etiologic factors are being corrected. Unless recurrent or chronic ear disease of this nature is diligently treated, progressive damage may bring about irreversible hearing loss and the potentially dangerous disease, cholesteatoma of the ear.

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