Vestibular Dysfunction in Children Suffering from Otitis Media with Effusion: Does Grommet Help? An Observational Study Using Computerized Static Posturography
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Otitis media with effusion (OME) has a detrimental effect on balance, which may not present as a clear symptom in children. This effect can be improved by the insertion of ventilation tubes. This study assesses balance in children suffering from OME pre and post operatively using computerized static posturography. 50 children of 3–6 years, suffering from OME were included in this observational descriptive study. These patients underwent myringotomy and grommet insertion. The balance was evaluated pre and post operatively after 3 months using computerized static posturography with Modified Clinical Test of Sensory Interaction on Balance under four conditions, namely eyes open/closed on firm surface/foam. Posturography mean sway velocity was deranged in these children preoperatively and it showed statistically significant improvement post operatively at 3 months. There is occult vestibular dysfunction in children with OME as assessed by static posturography which improves significantly 3 months after myringotomy and grommet insertion.
KeywordsOtitis media with effusion Posturography Vestibular dysfuntion Grommet Myringotomy Balance
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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.
Written informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.