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Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 1992 May;23(3):201-9.

Middle ear disease in cleft palate children at three years of age.

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Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Huddinge University Hospital, Sweden.


Fourty-four cleft palate children consecutively referred to a plastic surgery unit were treated with palate repair at one year of age by one surgeon. The children were not routinely treated with ventilating tubes for middle ear disease. At 3 years of age they were investigated for aural pathology. Also specific antipneumococcal antibody activity was measured and was found to be compatible with the activity found in healthy age-matched control children. In the cleft palate children with no immaturity of the immune system only a slight increase in frequency of acute otitis media was evident. One third of the children had however suffered from long-standing secretory otitis media which can be regarded to be more common than what has been found in the normal population in several epidemiologic studies. At 3-4 years of age 82% of the children had a normal hearing indicating an improvement of the condition.

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