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Laryngoscope. 2002 Jun;112(6):951-4.

Defining tympanostomy tube plugs.

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  • 1Department of Otolaryngology, University of Florida, Gainesville 32610-0264, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To define the composition of tympanostomy tube plugs because selecting or developing effective solvents depends on such knowledge.

STUDY DESIGN:

Prospective, in vitro laboratory study.

METHODS:

Luminal contents of 105 plugged, microscopically removed tympanostomy tubes were expressed, pooled, acid hydrolyzed, and passed through a high-performance liquid chromatography column. Retention times were compared with high-performance liquid chromatography standards to develop free amino acid and monosaccharide profiles. Cerumen, blood, and chronic mucoid effusion (collected during myringotomy) were pooled and subjected to the same analysis. The elution profiles of each substance were compared to determine which substance most closely matched the plugs.

RESULTS:

High-performance liquid chromatography amino acid and monosaccharide analysis demonstrated greatest similarity between tympanostomy tube plugs and mucoid effusion.

CONCLUSIONS:

Tympanostomy tube plug composition is more similar to mucoid effusion than to blood or cerumen. Solvents to open plugged tympanostomy tubes should be directed against the components of mucoid effusion.

PMID:
12160290
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