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Two consecutive presentations at the recent meeting of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology in San Diego, Calif, addressed the incidence of complications associated with the use of long-term, T-type tympanostomy tubes. Drs Bruce Matt and Robin Cotton, Cincinnati, Ohio, reported a 13.6% incidence of persistent perforations among 140 ears treated with T tubes. Two patients developed cholesteatomas.
In a separate study, Drs Robert Miller, Robert Meyers, and James Campbell, Chicago, Ill, reported similar results among 160 ears treated with T tubes. Of patients in the Chicago study, 18.9% developed persistent perforations and 4 patients developed cholesteatomas. The authors of both studies recommended caution in the use of long-term, T-type tympanostomy tubes.
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