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Pediatric Middle Ear Diagnosis and Treatment

Children often have problems with Eustachian tube function. As a result, they may be bothered by recurrent acute ear infections and/or chronic middle ear fluid which can interfere with hearing and speech development. Often treatment involves diagnosing and managing the underlying cause of the problem, such as allergies or chronic infection. On occasion, preventive antibiotic treatment is necessary. Myringotomies and tubes are sometimes the preferred treatment.