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Strategies to prevent biofilm-based tympanostomy tube infections.
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PMID:  25060938     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVE: To review the potential contributory role of biofilms to post-tympanstomy tube otorrhea and plugging as well as the available interventions currently utilized to prevent biofilm formation on tympanostomy tubes.
DATA SOURCES: A literature review was performed utilizing the MEDLINE/Pubmed database from 1980 to 2013.
REVIEW METHODS: Electronic database was searched with combinations of keywords "biofilm", "tympanostomy tube", "ventilation tube", and "post-tympanostomy tube otorrhea".
RESULTS: Two of the most common sequelae that occur after tympanostomy tube insertion are otorrhea and tube occlusion. There is an increased evidence supporting a role for biofilms in the pathogenesis of otitis media. In this review, we have shown a multitude of novel approaches for prevention of biofilm associated sequelae of otitis media with effusion. These interventions include (i) changing the inherent composition of the tube itself, (ii) coating the tubes with antibiotics, polymers, plant extracts, or other biofilm-resistant materials, (iii) tubal impregnation with antimicrobial compounds, and (iv) surface alterations of the tube by ion-bombardment or surface ionization.
CONCLUSION: Currently, there is not one type of tympanostomy tube in which bacteria will not adhere. The challenges of treating chronic post-tympanostomy tube otorrhea and tube occlusion indicate the need for further research in optimization of tympanostomy tube design in addition to development of novel therapies.
James C Wang; Abdul N Hamood; Charles Saadeh; Michael J Cunningham; Michael T Yim; Joehassin Cordero
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-6-30
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of pediatric otorhinolaryngology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1872-8464     ISO Abbreviation:  Int. J. Pediatr. Otorhinolaryngol.     Publication Date:  2014 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-7-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8003603     Medline TA:  Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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