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Advice on Swimming for Patients With Tympanostomy Tubes

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Orthopedic Surgery

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Description:

Children who have tympanostomy tubes for chronic otitis media and who swim may be at increased risk for otorrhea and ear infections. For water to enter the middle ear through a tympanostomy tube it must be under sufficient pressure to do so. For an infection to occur the water must contain pathogenic bacteria. Children with tubes can usually swim without serious complications provided some simple precautions are taken.

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