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Improved diagnosis of middle ear effusions employing the objective otoscope.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1267352     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A new quantitative diagnostic otoscope presently under development supplements the conventional otoscopic examination with a quantitative pneumatic system and objective measurements derived from tympanometry. The instrument provides information to assist in the diagnosis of the presence of middle ear effusion (MEE), the middle ear pressure and tympanic membrane status during the visual examination. Uncertainty introduced by subjective judgement involved with traditional pneumatic otoscopy is eliminated enabling a more rapid and accurate diagnosis. Clinical evaluations were performed in which 92% accuracy was achieved for the diagnosis of the presence of MEE in 38 ears. The results were verified at myringotomy. The instrument is being designed for use by physicians and paraprofessionals.
S Lovette
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Annals of otology, rhinology, and laryngology     Volume:  85     ISSN:  0003-4894     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Otol. Rhinol. Laryngol.     Publication Date:    1976 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1976-07-06     Completed Date:  1976-07-06     Revised Date:  2006-05-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0407300     Medline TA:  Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  229-33     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Audiometry / methods*
Ear, Middle / pathology,  physiopathology
Exudates and Transudates
Otitis Media / diagnosis*,  physiopathology
Otolaryngology / instrumentation*
Tympanic Membrane / pathology

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