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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

"Breath of Fresh Air: Tonsillectomy for Halitosis Relief"


 

When it comes to patients complaining of bad breath (halitosis), it's crucial to distinguish between objective halitosis and subjective complaints. Relying solely on patients' self-assessments of their condition can be unreliable. Here's why we need to take a more comprehensive approach:

👃 Subjective vs. Objective Halitosis: Simply asking patients if they believe they have halitosis may not be enough. Some may have subjective complaints, which means they perceive bad breath when it may not be present. Treating these patients for odour elimination can be ineffective and ethically concerning.

👩‍⚕️ Confirming Tonsillar Aetiology: If tonsillar issues are suspected as the cause of halitosis, it's essential to confirm this reliably. Standard therapies like tongue scraping can help rule out oral halitosis.

🏥 Medical vs. Surgical Approach: Before considering surgical options, it's advisable to attempt medical resolution. Surgical interventions may have comparable efficacy, but robust evidence is still lacking. Complete removal of the crypt system is theoretically favourable, although cryptolysis, a less invasive procedure, can also be efficacious.

👶 Adults vs. Children: Tonsillar surgical procedures for halitosis are more commonly performed in adults, as the tonsils become less biologically significant with age. However, the risks of tonsillectomy are relatively higher in adults.

🌡️ Post-Operative Considerations: It's important to note that halitosis can worsen initially after surgical interventions due to post-tonsillectomy eschar. This temporary condition can last for about two weeks, with some parameters changing up to 4 weeks postoperatively.

The choice between medical and surgical approaches should be based on individual factors, including the patient's age, halitosis severity, and preference. It's essential to weigh the risks, benefits, and total treatment costs, including recovery time. Discussion with a healthcare professional is crucial in making an informed decision. If you have any questions or experiences, please drop them in the comments below. 🗨️💪


Classification of Halitosis

Type 0:

physiologic

The physiologic odour is present in all healthy individuals. It is formed by the physiologic contributions from the following types. The levels of physiologic halitosis fluctuate but stay under halitometric limits and do not disturb the patient's social environment. No treatment is needed beyond reassurance.

Type 1:

oral

Odour in association with an oral pathology, for example, tongue coating, periodontitis, xerostomia, and plaque stagnation.

Type 2:

airway

Odour in association with respiratory tract pathologies, from the nasal cavity to alveoli, for example, rhinosinusitis, laryngitis, bronchiectasis, and carcinomas.

Type 3:

gastro-esophageal

Odour in association with gastroesophageal pathology, for example, erosive gastro-oesophagal reflux disorder, gastritis with H. pylori infection, Zenker diverticulum, and gastrocolic fistula.

Type 4:

blood-borne

During gas exchange, odorant volatiles from the systemic circulation are transferred to the exhaled breath. Hepatic, renal, digestive, and endocrine system disease, including trimethylaminuria.

Type 5:

subjective

The patient believes there is halitosis, but no odour is detectable clinically, for example, retronasal olfaction, psychologic (olfactory reference syndrome), and neurologic conditions (e.g., chemosensory dysfunction).

Mr Gaurav Kumar

Ear, Nose & Throat Consultant

Consulting at Spire London East, Spire Hartswood Brentwood, Nuffield Health Brentwood

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Phone Number: 07494914140



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