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Ventilation tubes did not improve quality of life in persistent otitis media with effusion

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 QUESTION: In young children with persistent otitis media with effusion (OME), is treatment with ventilation tubes more effective than a period of watchful waiting for improving quality of life?


Randomised {allocation concealed*}, unblinded,* controlled trial with 12 months of follow up.


13 hospitals in the Netherlands.


206 children who had persistent OME confirmed by tympanometry and otoscopy. 19 children (9.2%) withdrew from the trial immediately after randomisation, leaving 187 children (mean age 19 mo) in the study sample. 176 children (85%) completed follow up.


Patients were allocated to ventilation tubes (n=93) or watchful waiting (n=94).

Main outcome measures

Quality of life was measured using the TNO-AZL Infant …

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  • Source of funding: Dutch Investigative Medicine Fund of the National Health Insurance Board.

  • For correspondence: Dr M M Rovers, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, University Medical Centre Nijmegen, PO Box 9101, 6500 HB Nijmegen, the Netherlands. m.rovers{at}

  • * See glossary.

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