Post-tympanostomy otorrhea

George A. Gates, Christine Avery, Thomas J. Prihoda, G. Richard Holt

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

58 Scopus citations


Otorrhea is the most common complication of surgical drainage of the tympanum for the treatment of chronic secretory otitis media. Otorrhea present at the first postoperative visit may be due to the operative procedure, the underlying disease process, or both. After analyzing data from 525 operations on 1045 ears of 396 children with chronic secretory otitis media, and finding an over-all incidence of immediate postoperative otorrhen of 3.4%, we conclude that preparation of the ear canal with povidone iodine and the postoperative prophylactic use of an antimicrobial-corticosteroid topical preparation provides optimal control of postoperative wound infection. Sporadic increases in the incidence of postoperative otorrhea may be due to extrinsic factors such as outbreaks of upper respirntory infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)630-634
Number of pages5
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


Dive into the research topics of 'Post-tympanostomy otorrhea'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this