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The "Cochrane Corner" is a section in the journal that highlights systematic reviews relevant to otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, with invited commentary to aid clinical decision making. This installment features a Cochrane Review, "Interventions for the Prevention of Postoperative Ear Discharge after Insertion of Ventilation Tubes (Grommets) in Children," that concludes if a surgeon has a high rate of postoperative otorrhea in children, then saline irrigation or antibiotic ear drops at the time of surgery would significantly reduce that rate. If topical drops are chosen, a single application at the time of surgery is suggested to reduce the cost and potential for ototoxic damage (if applicable).

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Journal article


Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg

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813 - 816


evidence-based medicine, otorrhea, systematic review, tympanostomy tubes, Anti-Bacterial Agents, Child, Evidence-Based Medicine, Humans, Middle Ear Ventilation, Otitis Media with Effusion, Otitis Media, Suppurative, Postoperative Complications, Postoperative Period, Sodium Chloride, Therapeutic Irrigation, Treatment Outcome