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Clinical Practice Guideline: Tympanostomy Tubes in Children

Clinical Practice Guideline: Tympanostomy Tubes in Children


Leadership: Richard M. Rosenfeld, MD, MPH (Chair); Melissa A. Pynnonen, MD, MSc (Assistant Chair); David E. Tunkel, MD (Assistant Chair); Seth R. Schwartz, MD, MPH (Methodologist)

Guideline Development Group: Jeffrey S. Fichera, PA-C; Alison M. Grimes, AuD; Jesse M. Hackell, MD, FAAP; Melody F .Harrison, PhD; Helen Haskell, MA; David S. Haynes, MD, FACS; Tae W. Kim, MD; Denis C. Lafreniere, MD; Katie LeBlanc, MTS, MA; Wendy L. Mackey, APRN, BC; James L. Netterville, MD; Mary E. Pipan, MD; Nikhila P. Raol, MD; Kenneth G. Schellhase, MD, MPH

The guideline was published as a supplement in the July 2013 issue of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery.

The purpose of this clinical practice guideline is to provide clinicians with evidence-based recommendations on patient selection and surgical indications for and management of tympanostomy tubes in children. This guideline is intended for any clinician involved in managing children, aged 6 months to 12 years, with tympanostomy tubes or children being considered for tympanostomy tubes in any care setting as an intervention for otitis media of any type.

Physician Resources

Access the guidelines via the National Guidelines Clearinghouse.