Mrsa | MRSA Post Tympanostomy Tube Placement Does Not Mean More Surgery Or Complications


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The researchers report:

“More than half a million procedures are performed annually to place tympanostomy tubes in children, making this the most common surgical procedure performed in childhood.”

One of the most common complications of this surgery is otorrhea.

In order to find out how common otorrhea in kids is after this procedure, and to figure out the outcomes and risk factors for treatment for MRSA in comparison with non-MRSA infections, Nathan S. Alexander, M.D., from the Children’s Hospital of Alabama, Birmingham, and team examined medical records and classified each of the 1,079 patients into groups; those with non-MRSA otorrhea (n=141), and those whose otorrhea was due to MRSA (n=135). The team then examined medical records to gather information on surgical procedures performed, hearing analysis, medical treatments, as well as other infection-related illnesses.


The researchers explain:

“The overall incidence of MRSA in this series was about 16 percent (170 of 1,079 patients). The groups [MRSA vs. non-MRSA otorrhea patients] did not differ significantly in type of insurance; history of tympanostomy tube placement, cholesteatoma [skin cyst in middle ear], or prematurity; number or type (minor/major) of surgical procedures performed; or


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