A 34-year-old member asked:
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can tympanostomy tubes clog easily?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
26 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes and No: They can clog with persistant drainage after the procedure or if there is an infection after placement. This can be treated with antibiotic drops - sometimes they need to be suctioned in the clinic under the microscope.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
55 years experience Pediatrics
Ear tubes: Yes but not that easily, in my experience. It will depend on the thickness of the middle ear fluid. Most ear fluids drain as easily as that from a runny nose.
Answered on Mar 19, 2012
Dr. Troy Reyna
43 years experience Pediatric Surgery
Yes: It has been known to happen.
Answered on Mar 26, 2013

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