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Nasal balloon shows promise for otitis media with effusion

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 28 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4081
  1. Jocalyn Clark
  1. 1Dhaka

A simple procedure with a nasal balloon can reduce the effect of hearing loss and avoid the unnecessary and ineffective use of antibiotics in children who have otitis media with effusion, a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal has found.1

Otitis media with effusion, also known as “glue ear,” can affect hearing development, speech acquisition, and performance at school. In the United Kingdom more than 200 000 children are seen with the condition each year in primary care.

The authors, led by Ian Williamson, of the University of Southampton, UK, …

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