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Short-term tympanostomy in conjunction with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
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PMID:  9707229     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To determine the most effective method of short-term middle ear aeration in patients unable to tolerate hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective study comparing two methods of short-term tympanostomy in each patient. METHODS: Seventeen adult patients were referred for management of barotitis and inability to tolerate hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO). Each patient underwent CO2 laser tympanostomy on the right ear and tympanostomy with T-tube placement in the left ear. The tube was removed on completion of HBO. Patients were asked to rate pain and their satisfaction with each method of tympanostomy using a visual analog scale. Otorrhea, persistent perforation, recurrent barotitis, hearing loss, and otalgia occurring during the study period were documented. RESULTS: Laser tympanostomy was associated with a significantly lower incidence of otorrhea but was attended by recurrent barotitis in four of 16 patients. Laser tympanostomy was perceived as being less painful and was rated higher in overall satisfaction. CONCLUSIONS: Laser tympanostomy is an effective method for management of barotitis in patients unable to tolerate HBO. Otorrhea is significantly reduced, although a risk of recurrent barotitis exists if the laser perforation closes prior to completion of HBO. Both methods of short-term tympanostomy reduce complications when compared with a retrospective cohort.
J T Vrabec; K S Clements; J T Mader
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Laryngoscope     Volume:  108     ISSN:  0023-852X     ISO Abbreviation:  Laryngoscope     Publication Date:  1998 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-08-27     Completed Date:  1998-08-27     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8607378     Medline TA:  Laryngoscope     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1124-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Otolaryngology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Earache / etiology,  prevention & control
Hyperbaric Oxygenation / adverse effects*
Laser Therapy
Middle Aged
Middle Ear Ventilation* / adverse effects
Patient Satisfaction
Prospective Studies

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