Pars tensa

The pars tensa is the tense portion of the tympanic membrane and refers to the main portion of the membrane.

It extends from the anterior and posterior malleolar folds at the level of the lateral process of malleus to the inferior extent of the tympanic membrane at its attachment.

Associated pathology

Head and neck anatomy
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rID: 10523
System: Head & Neck
Section: Anatomy
Tags: stub, refs, cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Tense portion of tympanic membrane

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