Obstructive eustachian tube dysfunction (OETD) affects over 11 million adults in the US, and is associated with chronic suppurative otitis media, middle ear atelectasis, and tympanic membrane perforation.1,2 Compared with adults, children have a higher risk for obstruction and reflux of nasopharyngeal secretions and pathogens, resulting in increased rates of cholesteatoma reoccurrence and poorer hearing results after surgery.2 Though OETD is thought of as more common among children than adults, there are no population estimates of OETD in US adolescents. To further understand the burden of OETD over the life course, a nationally representative cross-sectional sample was combined with census data to approximate population estimates of OETD among US adolescents.
Kim AS, Betz JF, Goman AM, et al. Prevalence and Population Estimates of Obstructive Eustachian Tube Dysfunction in US Adolescents. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2020;146(8):763–765. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2020.0962
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