Opening plugged tympanostomy tubes: effect of biofilm formation.


OBJECTIVE To determine if the presence of a bacterial biofilm impacts the rate of clearing of mucoid plugs from tympanostomy tubes (TTs). STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING Ex vivo model. Stainless steel Reuter Bobbin TTs (n = 18) were placed in growth medium with Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Streptococcus pneumoniae for 12 days to promote biofilm formation… (More)


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