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Otorinolaringologia 1999 June;49(2):83-5

language: Italian

Tubal autoinsufflation in acute recurrent otitis media (AROM) treatment in pediatric age

Porcu A., Tarantino V., Melagrana A.

Istituto G. Gaslini - Genova Divisione Otorinolaringoiatrica (Primario: Prof. G. Taborelli)


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Background. The authors examined the validity of Eustachian tube autoinsufflation in the treatment of acute recurrent otitis media (AROM) in children.
Methods. The case series included 40 children with bilateral AROM: 30 of them underwent Eustachian tube autoinsufflation 3 times a day for 14 days, and the remaining 10 were considered as controls. Follow-up lasted 1 month. The response to impedancemetry was evaluated, and statistical analysis (ANOVA) of tympanometric values was performed at beginning of therapy, after 10 days, and 1 month from the end of therapy.
Results. The results obtained showed a significant progressive tympanometric improvement (p<0.05) in the treated subjects with respect to the control group.
Conclusions. Eustachian tube autoinsufflation proved to be easily applicable in children and useful in AROM treatment and prevention.

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