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Myringotomy in traumatic haemotympanum
  1. Angaj Ghosh, Senior Clinical Fellow,
  2. Magnus Harrison,
  3. Richard Body, Clinical Research Fellows
  1. Emergency Department, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester, UK

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    Report by Angaj Ghosh, Senior Clinical FellowChecked by Magnus Harrison, Richard Body, Clinical Research FellowsEmergency Department, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester, UK


    A short-cut review was carried out to establish whether myringotomy is of value in cases of haemotympanum. In all, 205 papers were found in Medline and 105 in Cochrane using the reported searches. None presented any evidence to answer the clinical question. Hence, it is concluded that there is no evidence available to guide this decision and that local expert advice should be followed.

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    A 27-year-old man sustains punches on the face and ear during a drunken brawl. He attends …

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