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J Laryngol Otol. 1999 Dec;113(12):1068-71.

Parental perceptions of grommet insertion in children with cleft palate.

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  • 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Guy's Hospital, London, UK.


Otitis media with effusion is almost universal in children with cleft palate and can delay speech, language and educational development by causing hearing loss. Grommet insertion at the time of cleft palate repair is common. There is debate about whether the benefits of grommets outweigh the risk of complications. A postal questionnaire was used to investigate parental perceptions of middle-ear ventilation via grommet insertion in children attending the multidisciplinary cleft palate clinic. These children's case notes were reviewed. Many children had speech and language delay, but parents thought this improved after grommet insertion. Overall parents were pleased with the results. This confirms that grommets have an important part to play in the management of children with cleft palate.

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