Paediatric ENT surgery: author’s replyBMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d782 (Published 04 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d782
Des Spence has acknowledged that, in his author’s reply to letters critical of one of his weekly “From the frontline” columns, he wrongly said that “a large study over 20 years found that the rate of cholesteatomas associated with surgery was 1.1%, 100 times higher than [in] the general population” (BMJ 2010;341:c7302, doi:10.1136/bmj.c7302). He had misread the two articles he used to support his claims. In fact, the rate of cholesteatomas associated with surgery is much lower than 1.1%—thus only 10 times higher than in the general population.
Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d782