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Water-Tight Aeration Plug for Indwelling Tympanic Membrane Tubes

Water-Tight Aeration Plug for Indwelling Tympanic Membrane Tubes Abstract THE PROBLEM of secretory otitis media is being successfully treated with indwelling tympanic membrane tubes. Their success demands free communication between external and middle ear. Unfortunately this allows, on occasion, contamination of the middle ear space by water with subsequent acute otitis media. Therefore, patients wearing indwelling tubes have been asked not to swim and to use caution when showering. A devise to allow aeration but not contamination was needed. It was found that small holes placed in polyethylene would allow the passage of air but not water. A water-tight aeration plug was designed. The plug is made in the following manner: a No. 90 polyethylene tubing is tapered using an alcohol lamp. A 1-cm segment is heated on one end and then sealed by compressing with a hemostat. About ten holes are then made in the wall of the tubing with stapedectomy straight pick (Fig 1). The plug http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Otolaryngology American Medical Association

Water-Tight Aeration Plug for Indwelling Tympanic Membrane Tubes

Archives of Otolaryngology , Volume 88 (2) – Aug 1, 1968

Water-Tight Aeration Plug for Indwelling Tympanic Membrane Tubes

Abstract

Abstract THE PROBLEM of secretory otitis media is being successfully treated with indwelling tympanic membrane tubes. Their success demands free communication between external and middle ear. Unfortunately this allows, on occasion, contamination of the middle ear space by water with subsequent acute otitis media. Therefore, patients wearing indwelling tubes have been asked not to swim and to use caution when showering. A devise to allow aeration but not contamination was needed. It was found...
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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1968 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
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0003-9977
DOI
10.1001/archotol.1968.00770010212025
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Abstract

Abstract THE PROBLEM of secretory otitis media is being successfully treated with indwelling tympanic membrane tubes. Their success demands free communication between external and middle ear. Unfortunately this allows, on occasion, contamination of the middle ear space by water with subsequent acute otitis media. Therefore, patients wearing indwelling tubes have been asked not to swim and to use caution when showering. A devise to allow aeration but not contamination was needed. It was found that small holes placed in polyethylene would allow the passage of air but not water. A water-tight aeration plug was designed. The plug is made in the following manner: a No. 90 polyethylene tubing is tapered using an alcohol lamp. A 1-cm segment is heated on one end and then sealed by compressing with a hemostat. About ten holes are then made in the wall of the tubing with stapedectomy straight pick (Fig 1). The plug

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Archives of OtolaryngologyAmerican Medical Association

Published: Aug 1, 1968

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