Middle ear effusion

Middle ear effusions are frequent in children due to prominent adenoids and horizontal Eustachian tubes. These do not require imaging, and can be treated expectantly / medically / surgically with gromits. Eustachian tube dysfunction is the accepted aetiology, with resorption of air and extravasation of serous fluid into the middle ear cavity and mastoid sinus

In adults a middle ear effusion should be treated more circumspectly, as is is the classic presentation of a nasopharyngeal carcinoma near the fossa of Rosenmuller and thus obstructing the Eustachian tube.

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rID: 1671
System: Head & Neck
Section: Gamuts
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