Pars tensa

Last revised by Dr Yuranga Weerakkody on 13 Jun 2022

The pars tensa (plural: partes tensae) 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

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Cases and figures

  • Fig 1: auditory anatomy - Gray's anatomy illustration
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  • Fig 2: auditory anatomy - Gray's anatomy illustration
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