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Tympanometry in discrimination of otoscopic diagnoses in young ambulatory children.

Authors
  • Helenius, Kjell K
  • Laine, Miia K
  • Tähtinen, Paula A
  • Lahti, Elina
  • Ruohola, Aino
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Publisher
Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer) - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2012
Volume
31
Issue
10
Pages
1003–1006
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1097/INF.0b013e31825cac94
PMID: 22592519
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Tympanometry is not a useful tool in detecting specific otoscopic diagnoses because it cannot distinguish between otitis media with effusion and acute otitis media. However, among outpatients all peaked tympanograms suggest a healthy middle ear and a flat tympanogram is useful in detecting any middle ear effusion. Thus, tympanometry can be used as an adjunctive tool, but accurate diagnosis requires careful pneumatic otoscopy.

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