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Treatment of glue ear (child)

Treatment of glue ear (child)

Treatment of glue ear (child)

Treatment of glue ear (child)

Most cases do not require any treatment as it usually resolves on its own in a few weeks. However, persistent glue ear for more than 3 months, warrants adequate management in form of surgical intervention. Antibiotics are generally avoided to prevent their overuse especially in children. A surgical procedure ‘myringotomy’ is done wherein a tiny incision is made on the ear drum to drain away fluid. Then, a small tube called grommet is inserted through the incisional opening to drain excess fluid collection. Another procedure called balloon treatment may also be considered in some individuals especially children. This procedure entails insertion of a balloon into the nose which when inflated will elevate enough air pressure to open the blocked Eustachian tube and help fluid drain off. The outlook of glue ear is good, with most individuals completely recovering the hearing loss.

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