Herbert Aronow of Southfield.
Dr. Aronow is the son of Michael
and Barbara Aronow. He is a
graduate of Southfield-Lathrup
High School and graduated from
the U-M. He will be pursuing his
residency in internal medicine at
the U-M Medical Center.
Mark Schwartz of Southfield.
Dr. Schwartz is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. Raphael Schwartz. He
is a graduate of Southfield-Lath-
rup High School and received his
bachelor's degree from Michigan
State University. At U-M he has
been vice president of Nu Sigma
Nu medical professional frater-
nity and treasurer of Phi Delta
Epsilon medical fraternity. From
1990 to 1993, he served as
cochairman of a committee on
ethics and humanism in medi-
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The risk is minimal, he says,
though the anesthetic used dur-
ing the operation poses a slight
one. Beyond that, ear tubes are
safe and often life-enhancing.
"When children learn to speak,
they repeat what they've heard,"
Dr. Leider says. "When children
hear muffled, they speak muf-
Dr. Marty Levinson, a pedia-
trician in Birmingham, refers pa-
tients to an otolaryngologist for
ear tubes if they suffer from
chronic infections that last longer
than three months, and if they
are not responding to prophylac-
"I'm sure there are people
putting tubes in that don't need
them," he said.
However, like Dr. Leider, Dr.
Levinson believes that the bene-
fits of ear tubes far outweigh the
risks. In extreme cases, the com-
plications of ear infections can in-
clude meningitis, pus in the brain
and facial paralysis.
The cost of an ear tube opera-
tion is about $400 plus hospital
expenses. Most insurance com-
panies cover the procedure, which
is done on an outpatient basis.
The operation involves no inci-
sion or pain. Children are given
a general anesthetic.
"Most kids go home, take a
nap, wake up and they're fine,"
Dr. Leider said.
However, youngsters almost
always receive one post-operation
caveat — a real challenge during
summer months: No swimming
with their heads under water lest
the tubes fall out.
Eventually, the tubes will fall
out by themselves, on average be-
tween six months and two years
of the initial insertion. Although
a repeat set might be needed,
most children outgrow the need
As children develop, their bod-
ies' eustachian tubes, which con-
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The reason so many people
come here is no accident.
Whether it's a few stitches or a broken bone,
you want the assurance that you'll be seen as an
individual. Not a number.
And when you come through these doors,
that's exactly how you'll be treated.
In our emergency department and trauma
rooms, our physicians and staff offer you
the special care and attention you'd expect
from a smaller hospital. Yet as part of
The Detroit Medical Center, affiliated with
Wayne State University, the resources available
to you are anything but small.
So no matter what brings you here, not only
will we heal your injury, we'll also ease your mind.
For more information on these and other
services, call our Physician Referral Service at
(810) 360-3450. You'll see how easy it is to get
the right care, right here.
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