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Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013 Dec;149(6):813-6. doi: 10.1177/0194599813512081.

Extracts from the Cochrane Library: interventions for the prevention of postoperative ear discharge after insertion of ventilation tubes (grommets) in children.

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  • 1Department of Otolaryngology, University College of London, United Kingdom.


The "Cochrane Corner" is a section in the journal that highlights systematic reviews relevant to otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, with invited commentary to aid clinical decision making. This installment features a Cochrane Review, "Interventions for the Prevention of Postoperative Ear Discharge after Insertion of Ventilation Tubes (Grommets) in Children," that concludes if a surgeon has a high rate of postoperative otorrhea in children, then saline irrigation or antibiotic ear drops at the time of surgery would significantly reduce that rate. If topical drops are chosen, a single application at the time of surgery is suggested to reduce the cost and potential for ototoxic damage (if applicable).


evidence-based medicine; otorrhea; systematic review; tympanostomy tubes

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