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Eustacian tube dysfunction

H B Neel, L W Keating, T J McDonald
Conductive hearing loss due to secretory otitis media is the commonest form of hearing loss in children. Eustachian tube dysfunction is often implicated as the most important factor in the origin and course of the disease. It is well known that myringotomy, aspiration of fluid from within the middle ear, and ventilation with any one of several types of tubes will restore hearing and mobility of the tympanic membrane in the vast majority of patients. The effects of these procedures on Eustacian tube function and on middle ear and mastoid volumes, particularly on a long-term basis, have not been clearly delineated...
April 1977: Archives of Otolaryngology
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