Swollen Tonsils May Block Children’s E-Tubes

ear anatomy
A study conducted by SMED advisor, Professor, Pediatric Otolaryngology, Dr. Elena Merkulova, Belarusian Medical University, Minsk, Belarus, focuses on children whose tonsils are swollen and enlarged. A procedure to remove the adenoids and tonsils is proving to be effective in treating children. Read article in HNO-Abstractband 2015.

elena merkulova

Dr. Elena Merkulova, Belarusian Medical University

Swollen Tonsils May Block Children’s E-Tubes

ear anatomy
A study conducted by SMED advisor, Professor, Pediatric Otolaryngology, Dr. Elena Merkulova, Belarusian Medical University, Minsk, Belarus, focuses on children whose tonsils are swollen and enlarged. A procedure to remove the adenoids and tonsils is proving to be effective in treating children. Read article in HNO-Abstractband 2015.

elena merkulova

Dr. Elena Merkulova, Belarusian Medical University

SMED Advisor Recommends Acoustic Reflectometry for Pediatrics

Dr. Sibbald

Pediatrician Dr. Andres Sibbald

A study headed by SMED advisor, Dr. Andres Sibbald, focuses on the benefits of diagnosing children ages six to 35 months who show symptoms of middle ear disease when screened at local schools.

The pediatrician from Buenos Aires uses a combination of acoustic reflectometry (AR) with pneumatic otoscopy (PO) to identify ears that need medical attention.

AR measures the level of sound transmitted and reflected from the middle ear. PO monitors pressure changes in the ear’s tympanic membrane.

Children who are at-risk or have severe otitis media (OM) are tightly monitored for three-to-six months, then referred to an ENT specialist.

AR has advantages over tympanometry, a more precise diagnosing tool, in that it is easier to use on young children, who often find ear exams uncomfortable. Dr. Sibbald refers to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics, JAMA Pediatrics, that compares the two methods.