Eustachian tube dysfunction and its sequelae in patients with cleft palate

J L Goldman, S A Martinez, T M Ganzel
Southern Medical Journal 1993, 86 (11): 1236-7
The incidence of middle ear disorders in patients with cleft palate deformities was determined in a retrospective review of 110 children with palate or palate and lip involvement. Ages ranged from 2 months to 18 years and included patients with associated abnormalities such as Pierre Robin syndrome and Treacher Collins syndrome. Clinical manifestations of eustachian tube dysfunction were found in 79% in the form of effusions, retraction pockets, adhesions, and ossicular erosion. Only two patients had confirmed cholesteatoma formation. Despite the low incidence of acquired cholesteatoma in these patients, the frequent occurrence of other disorders that affect hearing warrants early and aggressive otologic management to prevent long-term sequelae.

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