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EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review


Sonotubometry: Eustachian Tube Ventilatory Function Test: A State-of-the-Art Review

van der Avoort, S. J., van Heerbeek, N., et al. (2005).
Otology & Neurotology, 26(3), 538-543

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review addresses a clearly focused question No
Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided Yes
Search strategy is described in sufficient detail for replication Yes
Included studies are assessed for study quality No
Quality assessments are reproducible N/A

Description: This is a systematic review of studies investigating the methods used and results of the technique of sonotubometry in the assessment of eustachian tube function.

Question(s) Addressed:

Question not specifically stated.

Population: Humans (not further specified).

Intervention/Assessment: Sonotubometry

Number of Studies Included: 11

Years Included: Not further specified.

Findings:

Conclusions:

The methods used in the technique of sonotubometry have improved over several years. The results from sonotubometry have shown to be comparable to the results of other Eustachian tube function tests. Future research should continue to be conducted to further improve the technique and to demonstrate it's clinical application.

Keywords: Otitis Media

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Added to Compendium: March 2012

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