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November 1958

Serous Otitis Media in Children

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AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1958;68(5):567-573. doi:10.1001/archotol.1958.00730020589005

During the period of 1947 to 1957 it was noted that many of the children referred for removal of tonsils and adenoids had moderate hearing problems. Some of these showed improvement in hearing after tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, but others did not. Aspiration of fluid from the middle ears in the cases not improved by adenoidectomy restored normal hearing in most cases. As time went on the practice of tympanic aspiration at the time of adenoidectomy was adopted where serous otitis media was suspected. On the strength of encouraging results, accurate records were

AURI and/or Naso-ph. Obstr. ASCM ACOM Spon. Perf. Myr. Antibiotics Resolution under antib. SOM with hrg. loss paracentesis with suction Normal

Fig. 1.—Likely origin or serous otitis media. kept during 1957. This report concerns children who were seen in private practice in 1957 and in whom a diagnosis of serous otitis media was made. No cases of acute

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