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Pediatric tympanic membrane perforations can be successfully repaired if the child can taste otologic drops instilled in the ear canal.
The optimal timing for repair of a clean and dry tympanic membrane perforation in the pediatric patient remains an issue of concern and controversy. Although a particular "ideal age" for tympanoplasty has not been uniformly identified, it seems clear that one can expect a greater degree of success with advancing age of the patient.1
Megerian CA. Pediatric Tympanoplasty and the Role of Preoperative Eustachian Tube Evaluation. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2000;126(8):1039–1041. doi:10.1001/archotol.126.8.1039
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