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At the recent meeting of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, investigators from St Louis (Mo) Children's Hospital presented a retrospective study of three types of tympanostomy tubes: Sheehy Teflon tubes, Armstrong Teflon tubes, and Modified Richards T tubes. While the T tube remained in place longer, there was higher rate of persistent tympanic perforation. These authors suggest that the higher incidence of perforation is attributable to tube design rather than the longer duration of tube placement.
William Crysdale, MD, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, reported a 7-year retrospective study on external septorhinoplasty in 42 children. Anthropometric measurements revealed that nasal growth was not adversely affected. He concluded that functional and cosmetic nasal surgeries are not contraindicated in children.
Kessler and coworkers, Children's Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa, reported the results of a 5-year retrospective study on type 1 tympanoplasty in 184 children. In their study, the status of the contralateral
HARLEY EH. 7th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, April 14 and 15, 1992, Palm Desert, Calif. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1992;118(9):901. doi:10.1001/archotol.1992.01880090015006
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