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Letters Paediatric ENT surgery

Grommets and cholesteatoma

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 08 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d647
  1. John R Cherry, retired consultant otolaryngologist1
  1. 1Caton, Lancashire LA2 9RG, UK
  1. johnrcherry{at}

Spence is entitled to his views on grommets, but, on the important question of cholesteatoma after grommet insertion, he is not entitled to statistical errors or selective use of literature.1

The paper by Golz et al is retrospective and uncontrolled.2 Their diagnosis of grommet induced cholesteatoma was observational and based on two possibly flawed premises—namely, that after grommet surgery cholesteatoma …

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