Middle-Ear Ventilation Tube Placement

The American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery recognizes that complications may occur following the placement of middle-ear ventilation tubes. Early recognition and treatment of these complications, as well as monitoring the efficacy of pressure equalizing tubes, are best achieved by follow-up visits with an otolaryngologist.

Adopted 9/12/1998
Reaffirmed 2/13/2013


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Position statements are approved by the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, Inc. or Foundation (AAO-HNS/F) Boards of Directors and are typically generated from AAO-HNS/F committees. Once approved by the Academy or Foundation Board of Directors, they become official position statements and are added to the existing position statement library. In no sense do they represent a standard of care. The applicability of position statements, as guidance for a procedure, must be determined by the responsible physician in light of all the circumstances presented by the individual patient. Adherence to these clinical position statements will not ensure successful treatment in every situation. As with all AAO-HNS/F guidance, this position statement should not be deemed inclusive of all proper treatment decisions or methods of care, nor exclusive of other treatment decisions or methods of care reasonably directed to obtaining the same results.

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