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The surgical management of glue ear


During the last ten years the rate of surgery for glue ear in children has doubled in some parts of Britain.1 Surgeons are now more likely to insert a grommet in addition to performing myringotomy and adenoidectomy. Surgery is most often performed in children aged 5 – 8 years, when ear effusions tend to improve anyway.2 This article assesses the role of surgery in the management of glue ear.

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