Tympanostomy tube

Case contributed by Chris O'Donnell


Past history of chronic otitis media. Grommet inserted for improved drainage

Patient Data

Age: 75
Gender: Female

Small tubular device traversing the antero-inferior tympanic membrane (pars tensa) - note the middle ear cleft is well aerated.

Case Discussion

Grommets are small tubes inserted via an incision in the pars tensa of the tympanic membrane into the middle ear cavity so that there is a communication between the middle and external ear for aeration.

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