Functional morphology of the tubotympanum related to otitis media: a review.

D. J. Lim, T. F. DeMaria, L. O. Bakaletz

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Abstract

One of the important functions of the tubotympanum is to protect the middle ear from invading organisms. The host develops a number of strategies for this function (e.g., mucociliary protection, antibacterial secretory products, immunodefense, and phagocytosis). The bacteria also develop their strategy to evade the host protection by enhancing adherence to the mucosal surfaces, impairing mucociliary function, and evading phagocytosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)385-389
Number of pages5
JournalThe American journal of otology
Volume8
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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