tympanostomy tubes

Tympanostomy tubes improve short-term hearing but lack long-term benefitTympanostomy tubes are widely used in pediatric care, taking first place as the most popular ambulatory surgery. However, new research reveals that tube placement provides just short-term hearing improvement and has little impact on quality of life.
Familial link of OM requiring tympanostomy tubesA recent study found that there is a significant familial link in otitis media requiring tympanostomy tubes in both close and distant relatives, with shared environments possibly playing a role, given the fivefold increased risk seen in siblings.
Acute otitis media: Update 2015In May 2004, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) joined with the American Academy of Family Physicians to publish a clinical practice guideline on the diagnosis and management of acute otitis media (AOM). In 2013, the AAP revised the guideline with important changes presented in this review.
What is the best way to treat tympanostomy tube otorrhea?Antibiotic-glucocorticoid eardrops are more effective than oral antibiotics in controlling otorrhea in children with tympanostomy tubes, a recent trial in the Netherlands showed.
Eardrops are the answer for tube-related otorrheaTopical antibiotic-glucocorticoid eardrops are superior to oral antibiotics and observation for acute uncomplicated otorrhea in children with tympanostomy tubes.
Finally, clear guidelines for tympanostomy tubesAt last, clear guidelines emerge for the placement of tympanostomy tubes in children. A multidisciplinary panel associated with the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) has devised a 12-point clinical practice guideline regarding conditions for placement, perioperative management, and postoperative care and outcomes.