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"Exploring Post-Grommet Complications: What You Need to Know"

 Navigating Postoperative Complications of Grommet Insertion: A Comprehensive Guide Grommet insertion, a standard surgical procedure to alleviate symptoms of middle ear disorders, can sometimes be accompanied by postoperative complications. Among these, one of the most frequently encountered issues is otorrhea or ear discharge. Understanding the nature of postoperative complications and their management is crucial for patients and healthcare providers. Types of Otorrhea Postoperative otorrhea manifests in various forms, including early, delayed, chronic, and recurrent. Early otorrhea occurs within four weeks of surgery, while delayed otorrhea surfaces four or more weeks post-surgery. Chronic otorrhea persists for three months or longer, while recurrent otorrhea involves three or more discrete episodes. Studies suggest that ear discharge after grommet insertion affects a significant proportion of patients, with rates varying from 16% to as high as 80%. Prophylactic Measures and Treatmen

Neck lymph node enlargement in a child

  What to do if your child has a neck lump? Neck lumps can be due to enlarged lymph nodes, birth cysts or lumps or (only 10%) malignancy. When you notice a neck lump in a child, consider the presentation's age. Is the child getting associated B symptoms, i.e. night sweats, fever, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, loss of appetite, trouble breathing, itching or painful swelling in their belly? Note down any recent exposure to a person with flu-like symptoms, a young cat or any change in size or neck lumps becoming multiple.  What happens when you visit an ENT surgeon with your child? The ENT surgeon will take a detailed history and perform a clinical examination of the tummy, ear, nose and throat. The ENT surgeon will request special blood tests, a chest X-Ray and an Ultrasound scan of the neck. Depending on the results, it may be required to do a sample surgical biopsy of the lymph node in a few cases. Which lymph node neck lumps in children are ENT surgeons more concerned about? 

Is Coblation tonsillectomy best for me?

  What is Coblation Tonsillectomy? Coblation is derived from collateral and ablation. Coblation technique is a radiofrequency technique in which the surgeon uses a wand that works at a molecular level dissecting tissues at a low temperature. How does a tonsil sit in our oral cavity? A tonsil is a lymphoid tissue with dense capsule around it, separating it from the oral cavity muscle. Pain fibres around a tonsil sit in the capsule and muscle. Coblation intracapsular tonsillectomy is a technique in which damage to the capsule is avoided.  What does it mean by " Intracapsular tonsillectomy " and " Extracapsular tonsillectomy "? " Intracapsular tonsillectomy " is offered when symptomatic improvement can be achieved without damaging the tonsil capsule and hence there is less pain. This can be offered in children with sleep apnoea and particular cases of recurrent tonsillitis. In adults again, intracapsular tonsillectomy can be used with sleep apnea and symptoma