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10:54 am
Sun January 12, 2014

Study: Children's Ear Tube Surgery Might Be Unnecessary In The Long-Term

A report shows that children with ear fluid pressure who undergo surgery to implant tubes fare just as well in the long run as those who don't.
Credit Seaman Erica Mater / U.S. Navy 040203-N-4182M-001

Researchers at the University of North Carolina and RTI International have found that children who have tubes implanted in their ears to remove fluid pressure fare just as well in the long run as kids who wait out the symptoms under a doctor's care.

The small tubes are surgically implanted in a child’s eardrums to relieve the condition, called otitis media with effusion. Nearly 670,000 kids undergo the procedure in America each year, making it one of the most common surgeries for children.

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