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Author Black, N.
Source British Medical Journal (The BMJ)
Content type Text
Publisher British Medical Journal Publishing Group
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Language English
Abstract Several factors have led to the current epidemic of surgery for glue ear in children, including the widespread introduction of audiometry; greater recognition of the presence of fluid in the middle ear by general practitioners; the availability of more otolaryngologists; and technical advances such as the availability of antibiotics to treat postoperative infections and of flanged tympanostomy tubes (grommets). The need of surgeons to fill the vacuum caused by the decline in the number of adenotonsillectomies, and the fact that a diagnosis of glue ear legitimises the continued use of these operations, may also have contributed to the increase. Finally, glue ear may provide parents with a medical explanation of their children's poor educational performance, as the term dyslexia did in the past. The high social and public costs of this operation demand a reappraisal of its increasing use.
Description Citation Reference: British Medical Journal (Clinical Research Ed.)
ISSN 02670623
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1985-06-29
e-ISSN 14685833
Journal British Medical Journal (The BMJ)
Volume Number 290
Issue Number 6486
Page Count 3
Starting Page 1963
Ending Page 1965


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Source: British Medical Journal (The BMJ)