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October 1975

Long-Term Otologic Features of Cleft Palate Patients

Author Affiliations

From the Ear, Nose and Throat Department, University of Bergen, Haukeland Hospital, Bergen, Norway.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1975;101(10):605-607. doi:10.1001/archotol.1975.00780390019005

• In 113 patients, 58 with both a cleft lip and a cleft palate, and 55 with a cleft palate, the otopathologic features and hearing impairments have been examined to evaluate the long-term results.

Chronic otitis media was found in only 3% of the ears, and cholesteatoma was found in only 1%. A hearing loss of more than 30 dB was found in 6% of 6-year-old patients, but the frequency was reduced to 2% in 15-year-old patients. These results are favorable in comparison with the recent reports of serous otitis media in other groups of patients.

(Arch Otolaryngol 101:605-607, 1975)

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