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Placement of pressure equalizing tubes (PET) is undoubtedly the most frequent surgical option used for persistent otitis media with effusion (OME) and refractory recurrent acute otitis media (AOM). Researchers from Canada’s McGill University and the University of Kuwait evaluated the efficacy of concomitant adenoidectomy in decreasing the failure rate of PET placement. They evaluated 63 patients, aged 18 months to 18 years and with a history of either: 1) recurrent AOM, defined as more than 3 episodes in the previous 6 months or more than 4 episodes in the preceding 12 months; 2) persistent OME, defined as effusion persisting for more than 3 months or producing a hearing deficit of 30 dB or greater; or 3) both. Study patients were randomly assigned to either...

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