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Randomised controlled trial
Autoinflation reduces middle ear effusion in children with otitis media with effusion
  1. Armin Bidarian-Moniri1,2,3
  1. 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Institute of Clinical Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden
  2. 2Regenerative Medicine Program, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Medicine, University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal
  3. 3Department of Clinical Sciences, S Gonçalo Academy, Hospital S Gonçalo, Lagos, Portugal
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Armin Bidarian-Moniri, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Institute of Clinical Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Öron- näs- och halssjukvård, Område 5, Gröna stråket 5-9, Göteborg 413 45, Sweden; armin.bidarian{at}vgregion.se

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Otitis media with effusion (OME) is defined as accumulation of fluid in the middle ear in absence of signs or symptoms of an acute ear infection.1 OME is usually associated with a conductive hearing loss that may affect the quality of life.1 Surgical treatment of OME with grommets is associated with substantial healthcare costs and is usually considered after a period of watchful waiting, leaving most children with OME untreated during this period.1 This raises the need for an efficient, non-invasive treatment option that can be offered to children with OME at an early stage.

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