Study Shows Successful Operations on Open E-tubes

Dr.Bluestone surgery

Dr. Bluestone performing ENT surgery

The surgery technique known as trans-tympanic catheter insertion (TCI) is now becoming more widespread, thirty five years after SMED founder Dr. Charles Bluestone introduced the surgery in 1981. This procedure inserts a catheter into the middle-ear end of the Eustachian tube. For the study, twenty-nine patients with chronic patulous (open) Eustachian tubes were treated using TCI. This procedure was found to be minimally invasive with a good overall success rate and almost no complications. Read this abstract of the study on TCI.

When to Delay Antibiotics for Children With Middle-Ear Infections

boy having his ear examined

boy having his ear examined

Children up to 14 years old who have acute otitis media may benefit from delaying antibiotic treatment for acute middle-ear infections that are not severe. Delaying treatment does not cause severe acute Mastoiditis, the most common suppurative complication of acute otitis media. Read the abstract for the article released this month.

Social Conditions Considered in Children With Otitis Media

children in hospital with otitis mediaDiseases such as mastoiditis, meningitis, venous sinus thrombosis and intracranial abscesses were discovered in a population of 60,000 children admitted to hospitals with otitis media (OM). These complications occurred when children stayed in the hospital an average of 2.88 days. Twenty-one of the children died from complications.

A study release this month is considering these children who were documented in the U.S. 2009 Kids’ Inpatient Database. Attention is focused on the children’s social and economic backgrounds, as well as how the various hospitals responded to the needs of the toddlers. Read Abstract of Article That Examines Otitis Media in Children.

Otitis Media With Effusion 2016 Guidelines Published

Believe it or not, the clinical guidelines for treating childhood otitis media with effusion (OME)—also known as “fluid in the ear”—have not been updated since 2004. (Most guidelines get a facelift every five or 10 years.) Given that more than 90% of children will develop this “occupational hazard of early childhood,” and that, if left untreated, OME can affect a child’s hearing and learning, it was time to reevaluate treatment options for this common condition.

The update group, chaired by SMED advisory board member Dr. Richard M. Rosenfeld, spent the past year researching and writing new recommendations for treating OME. The group of doctors, advanced nurse practitioners, audiologists, and speech-language pathologists also included two patient advocates, including SMED’s own board member Robyn Coggins.

Otitis Media With Effusion February 2016 Guidelines – Plain Language

Otitis Media With Effusion 2016 Guidelines