October 5, 2009
Prompt Diagnosis Of Ear Infections Can Improve Outcome For Transplant Recipients
Organ transplant recipients benefit significantly when they are monitored and receive prompt diagnosis and treatment for otitis media, a common inner ear infection.
In a paper presented at the 2009 American Academy of Otolaryngology "“ Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO in San Diego, researchers reviewed the medical records of 3,278 patients who received solid organ transplantation between February 1995 and December 2007 at a medical center in Seoul, South Korea.
According to the authors, immunosuppressed patients who have undergone organ transplantation can have a clinically hidden otitis media infection which can result in one of the most common life-threatening complications, transplantation failure. So effective treatment of otitis media in these patients appears to be a significant determinant in the success of organ transplantation.
Title: Chronic otitis media in solid organ transplant recipients
Presenters: Myeong Sang Yu, MD, Joong Ho Ahn, MD, Tae Hyun Yoon, MD, Kwang-Sun Lee, MD, Jong Woo Ghung
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