Pediatric pain following otologic surgery: Endoscopic vs. Microscopic

Study ID
STU 062016-065

Cancer Related

Healthy Volunteers

Study Sites

  • Children’s Medical Center (Dallas, Plano, Southlake)
  • UT Southwestern Ambulatory Services

Mary Martin

Principal Investigator
Joe Kutz, M.D.


This will be a non-blinded, prospective cohort trial. The first arm of the trial will include pediatric patients undergoing endoscopic ear surgery, while the second arm will include those pediatric patients undergoing open microscopic ear surgery. Those patients, aged 8-18, who are found to have a tympanic membrane perforation or chronic ear disease requiring surgical intervention will be offered inclusion into the study.

Participant Eligibility

1. The subjects for this study who will be enrolled will be pediatric patients, ages 8-18, for treatment by Dr. Brandon Isaacson, Dr. Walter Kutz, or Dr. Kenneth Lee, who are found to have a tympanic membrane perforation, or chronic ear disease requiring surgical intervention. Examples of middle ear disease include cholesteatoma, cholesterol granuloma, middle ear tumors, ossicular chain discontinuity, etc.

2. This study will examine pain in the pediatric population as the goal, ultimately, is to develop less painful operations for children, who may be more susceptible to pain than adults.