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Tympanostomy tubes have no long-term benefits for childhood ear infections – News-Medical.Net

There is no long-term benefit to surgically placing tympanostomy tubes in a young child’s ears to reduce the rate of recurrent ear infections during the ensuing…

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There is no long-term benefit to surgically placing tympanostomy tubes in a young child’s ears to reduce the rate of recurrent ear infections during the ensuing two years compared with giving oral antibiotics to treat ear infections, a randomized trial led by UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and University of Pittsburgh pediatrician-scientists determined.
The trial results, published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, are among the first since the pneumococcal vaccine was added…

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