New Society Joins SMED in Otitis Media Action

The new International Society for Otitis Media (ISOM) ( ) is governed by health care professionals with identical goals to SMED, which is to reduce the world-wide burden of middle-ear disease. ISOM is a forum to advance the frontiers of research, education, and patient care related to OM, and sponsors biennial international OM meetings. Read more:

T-Tubes in Children – Two Experts Disagree with Guideline 6

Tympanostomy tubes and antibiotic prophylaxis were significantly superior to placebo in a clinical trial conducted by Dr. Casselbrant, our SMED Medical Director, Dr. Bluestone, SMED’s Founder, along with co-authors and colleagues, in 1992.
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That is why he disagrees with statement six in AAO-HNS guidelines that states, “Clinicians should not perform tympanostomy tube insertion in children with recurrent acute otitis media who do not have middle ear effusion in either ear…”
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Dr. ML Casselbrant wrote a letter regarding TT placement vs. placebo in children.
Dec 2013 read more:. This letter was in response to a 2012 article by KR Whittemore. Read more: