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Recurrent post-tympanostomy tube otorrhea secondary to aerobic endospore-forming bacilli: A case report and brief literature review.
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PMID:  23460214     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
We report a unique case in which a 57-year-old man with an 8-year history of late recurrent post-tympanostomy tube otorrhea (PTTO) was found to harbor Bacillus subtilis, an aerobic endospore-forming bacillus that is typically resistant to chemical and physical agents because of its unique life cycle. Removal of the patient's tympanostomy tube resulted in complete resolution of his long-standing otorrhea. We also review the etiologies of and treatment strategies for early, late, chronic, and recurrent PTTO. We conclude that regardless of the etiology, a patient with persistent or recurrent PTTO should consider undergoing removal of the ventilation tube.
James J Jaber; Matthew L Kircher; Eric Thorpe; Ryan G Porter; John P Leonetti; Sam J Marzo
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Ear, nose, & throat journal     Volume:  92     ISSN:  1942-7522     ISO Abbreviation:  Ear Nose Throat J     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-03-05     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7701817     Medline TA:  Ear Nose Throat J     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  66-72     Citation Subset:  IM    
Ear, Nose, and Throat Services, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 200 Lothrop St., Suite 519, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA.
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