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What is the definition or description of: myringotomy?

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Dr. Harold Kim answered

Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Myringotomy is the incision of the eardrum. It is performed to allow the ventilation of the middle ear and to allow drainage of pus or fluid accumulation.

Answered Dec 14, 2012

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Dr. Anifat Balogun answered

Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Myringotomy describes the surgical procedure to make a small incision in the ear drum (tympanic membrane), creating a hole to help relieve abnormal pressure in the middle ear and also allow for the drainage of fluid, pus or blood that has accumulated in the middle ear. Ear tubes (ventilating tubes) may be inserted and left in place afterwards to facilitate air exchange across the middle ear.

Answered Jun 21, 2013

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