Cleft Lip, Palate Don't Increase Ear Tube Complications
(HealthDay News) — Cleft lip and/or palate (CLP) does not appear to affect complication rates for ventilation tube (VT) placement among pediatric patients, according to a study published online August 28 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.
Ian Smillie, from the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow, U.K., and colleagues compared complication rates from VT insertion in 60 pediatric patients with CLP and age- and sex-matched patients without CLP.
The researchers found that the control cohort had 151 documented cases of otorrhea, compared to 121 in the CLP group (P=0.52). Mean pediatric otorhinolaryngology clinic visits per patient for complications did not significantly differ between groups (P=0.66). The control group reported more complications other than otorrhea than did the CLP group (ratio, 1.7:1).
"Treatment with VT insertion should be administered to patients with CLP under the same guidelines as for those without CLP," the authors write.