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June 1983

Treatment With Sulfur Hexafluoride in Children With Serous Otitis Media: An Alternative to Tubulation

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology, University of Lund, Malmö (Sweden) General Hospital.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1983;109(6):358-359. doi:10.1001/archotol.1983.00800200004002

• In this pilot study, sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), a nontoxic inert gas infused into the ear during myringotomy and acting as a gas cushion behind an intact eardrum, was tested on five children with bilateral serous otitis media. The contralateral ear was treated with air as a control. A significant difference in air-bone gaps (frequencies, 0.5, 1.0, and 2.0 kHz) lasting at least eight weeks was found between the ears treated with SF6 and the air-treated ears. No side effects were noted. Tympanograms showed varying patterns. The long-term effects were also favorable for the SF6-treated ears. In selected cases, eg, ears with thin scars and retractions, this might be a valuable alternative to tubulation. Further studies are being carried out.

(Arch Otolaryngol 1983;109:358-359)

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