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Clinical Challenges
December 2000

Swimming With Tympanostomy Tubes: The Controversy Continues

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Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2000;126(12):1509. doi:10.1001/archotol.126.12.1509

Few topics in otolaryngology receive as much attention and heated debate as the recommendations for water precautions after insertion of TTs. Application of principles that guided ear care for patients with chronic otitis media, most prevalent in the preantibiotic era, were likely transferred to those with TTs, a procedure made popular by Armstrong1 in 1954. The articles that first addressed this issue appeared in the 1990s, but consensus has yet to be attained.

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