Tympanic membrane retraction

A.Prof Frank Gaillard et al.

Tympanic membrane retraction usually occurs when a portion of the tympanic membrane becomes weakened and is pulled inwards by the negative pressure within the middle ear

Pathology

As the tympanic membrane is pulled inwards (medially), it can become draped over the ossicles, resulting in a variety of symptoms.

Classification

The retraction can be subdivided based on severity 1:

It can also be divided according to which part of the tympanic membrane is retracted 1:

See also

Share article

Article information

rID: 2233
Section: Pathology
Tag: refs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Tympanic membrane retraction pockets
  • Tympanic retraction

Support Radiopaedia and see fewer ads

Cases and figures

  • Drag
    Cholesteatoma - n...
    Figure 1: formation of a cholesteatoma
    Drag here to reorder.
  • Drag
    Cholesteatoma - r...
    Figure 2: formation of a cholesteatoma
    Drag here to reorder.
  • Drag
    Case 1: normal right side
    Drag here to reorder.
  • Drag
    Case 1: middle ear atelectasis
    Drag here to reorder.
  • Drag
    Case 1: middle ear atelectasis
    Drag here to reorder.
  • Drag
    coronal left
    Case 2: adhesive chronic otitis media
    Drag here to reorder.
  • Updating… Please wait.
    Loadinganimation

    Alert accept

    Error Unable to process the form. Check for errors and try again.

    Alert accept Thank you for updating your details.