Myringotomy
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Myringotomy Usage

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Reasons for Procedure

A myringotomy may be done:

  • To help treat an ear infection that is not responding to medical treatment
  • To restore hearing loss caused by fluid build-up and to prevent delayed speech development caused by hearing loss in children
  • To take sample fluid from the middle ear to examine in the lab for the presence of bacteria or other infections
  • To place tympanostomy tubes—These tubes help to equalize pressure. It may also help prevent recurrent ear infections and the accumulation of fluid behind the ear drum.

After the procedure, pain and/or pressure in the ear due to fluid build-up should be alleviated. Hearing loss due to fluid build-up should improve as well.

 
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