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Clinical Challenges
August 2000

Pediatric Tympanoplasty and the Role of Preoperative Eustachian Tube Evaluation

Author Affiliations

KAREN H.CALHOUNMDRONALD B.KUPPERSMITHMDFrom the Department of Otolaryngology– Head and Neck Surgery, University of Massachusetts Medical School, University of Massachussets Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, Mass.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2000;126(8):1039-1041. doi:10.1001/archotol.126.8.1039

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

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