Recurrent post-tympanostomy tube otorrhea secondary to aerobic endospore-forming bacilli: a case report and brief literature review Journal Article


Authors: Jaber, J. J.; Kircher, M. L.; Thorpe, E; Porter RG, Sr; Leonetti, J. P.; Marzo, S. J.
Article Title: Recurrent post-tympanostomy tube otorrhea secondary to aerobic endospore-forming bacilli: a case report and brief literature review
Abstract: We report a unique case in which a 57-year-old man with an 8-year history of late recurrent post-tympanostomy tube otorrhea (PTTO) was found to harbor Bacillus subtilis, an aerobic endospore-forming bacillus that is typically resistant to chemical and physical agents because of its unique life cycle. Removal of the patient's tympanostomy tube resulted in complete resolution of his long-standing otorrhea. We also review the etiologies of and treatment strategies for early, late, chronic, and recurrent PTTO. We conclude that regardless of the etiology, a patient with persistent or recurrent PTTO should consider undergoing removal of the ventilation tube.
Keywords: Otolaryngology
Journal Title: Ear, nose, throat journal
Volume: 92
Issue: 2
ISSN: 1942-7522; 0145-5613
Publisher: Unknown  
Journal Place: United States
Date Published: 2013
Start Page: 66
End Page: 72
Language: eng
Notes: JID: 7701817; ppublish