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Can tympanostomy tubes clog easily?

Can tympanostomy tubes clog easily?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Busch
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Myringotomy (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Is it important how big the tympanostomy tubes are?

Is it important how big the tympanostomy tubes are?

Yes, in length: In general, the longer the tube used, the longer they will stay in before naturally working themselves out, and the longer the child benefits from them. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: tympanostomy tube?

What is the definition or description of: tympanostomy tube?

Ear tube: It is the insertion of a small tube into the eardrum. Function is to allow pressure equalization of ear pressure with environmental pressure. Used to reduce incidence of ear infections or middle ear fluid. ...Read more

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Are there any long-term consequences to having a tympanostomy tube put in?

No: There are really no serious complications with placeme nt of uncomplicated pe tubes. Mild discomfort post op. ...Read more

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Is having tympanostomy tubes put in a painful operation?

Is having tympanostomy tubes put in a painful operation?

Yes: There is some discomfort after the procedure. Usually pain medication and/or ear drops are prescribed for post op management. ...Read more

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Can your child still hear bass if he has tympanostomy tubes put in?

Yes: Hearing with tubes in place will still be within a normal range with tubes in place. There may be a slight dip (still normal) in the low frequencies, though. ...Read more

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I have a tympanostomy tube & i wear a hearing aid, all the conditions for fungi growth is there & i had it twice, what the best i can do to avoid it?

Ear fungus: Because the ear is a dark, warm, moist place , it offers an ideal environment for fungi to thrive. The hearing aid occludes the canal and makes the problem worse. Keep the hearing aids out at night to ventilate the ears - keep your ears dry. Make sure you disinfect your hearing aid daily. Use an antiseptic product that's compatible with your hearing aid. Check with your audiologist or ent. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use debrox in a ear with tympanostomy tube?

Debrox: Hello. Please don't use debrox with a tympanostomy tube in place. The peroxide and wax softening agent are not ment to be placed within the middle ear space. See your ENT doctor for wax deridement if needed. ...Read more

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As a pilot, I use a headset with foam tips that go into ear canal. I also suffer from frequent otitis media. Can they be related? Ent is considering tympanostomy. Can I use this headset w/ ear tubes?

As a pilot, I use a headset with foam tips that go into ear canal. I also suffer from frequent otitis media. Can they be related? Ent is considering tympanostomy. Can I use this headset w/ ear tubes?

Ear infections: When anything, including q tips, fingers, or other foreign objects are inserted into the ear canals, many things can happen. All these and especially your headset foam tips are a culture medium for bacteria. Soft tissue infections of the canals, eardrums, or middle ear can result, and the foam tips can push foreign material, wax, dirt, or other debris into the canals or drum. See your ENT doc. ...Read more

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Are blood clots common after a bilateral myringotomy with tubes?

Some times: Myringotomy is done to drain middle ear fluid, to prevent middle ear infection, which may cause deafness in the children, by inserting small tube in the membranous part of drum most of the time no bleeding or clotts, some times may bleed from surface vessel, and will stop. See your doctor for bleeding. ...Read more

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Bilateral myringotomy tubes placed on my grandchild now ear is bleeding?

Bilateral myringotomy tubes placed on my grandchild now ear is bleeding?

Please see below.: Although there can be some bloody ear discharge in the first few days after tube placement, if it's been longer than that or if the bleeding is severe, call the ENT doctor. ...Read more

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What caused the bilateral myringotomy tubes placed on my grandchild 9 months ago one ear to bleed?

Infection: Your grandchild has an ear infection. Instead of the pus in the ear sitting behind the ear drum it is coming out through the tube leading to inflammation and bleeding. It is also possible the area around the tube is infected leading to bleeding. The key is antibiotic ear drops. Contact either the pediatrician or the ENT who put in the tubes. ...Read more

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On my shunt flow study test it looked like the dye had stopped half way it didn't get to the end of the tube i am hearing a clogging noise in there to?

On my shunt flow study test it looked like the dye had stopped half way it didn't get to the end of the tube i am hearing a clogging noise in there to?

No: You sound like you may have an intraventricular shunt. If it is truly blocked you have a neurosurgical emergency and you should be communicating with me from "the ether". Come to think of it you are! Anyhow, no you hear through your ears and you are not hearing any noises from your shunt other than anxiety. ...Read more

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What does a nurse do when a g-tube is clogged?

What does a nurse do when a g-tube is clogged?

Irrigate; move: A gastric tube can be clogged by the high-sugar viscous nutrition or medications sent through them. When clogged, a nurse will irrigate them to dissolve or dislodge the blockage, or reposition the tube to get it flowing again. Rarely it needs replacement. ...Read more

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I recently got an HSG done and was told both of my tubes are clogged. I am going on my 3rd day bleeding excessively, is that normal?

I recently got an HSG done and was told both of my tubes are clogged. I am going on my 3rd day bleeding excessively, is that normal?

HSG: Heavy bleeding should not be a consequence of this x-ray. The cervix is grasped with a clamp and this could cause bleeding, usually not for 3days. Call your doctor. ...Read more

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What causes clogged in naso gastric tube?

What causes clogged in naso gastric tube?

Thickened fluids: Thickened secretions get 'sticky' and 'clog' the narrow n-g tubes frequent flushing will help. ...Read more

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If a tube in the ear is out of place and clogged will it require surgery to fix?

If a tube in the ear is out of place and clogged will it require surgery to fix?

No usually: I suspect the "tube in the ear" you are discussing is the eustachian tube, which leads from the ear to the throat and drains ear fluid. It generally does not get "out of place," but rather there is swelling of it or next to it that slows or blocks the ear fluid, causing pain from the ear to neck/jaw/throat. Usually the cause cures itself. Only rarely is surgery needed. Good luck! ...Read more

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My ears have been clogged for a few weeks and wondering if hydrogen peroxide is safe to use to clean them out if I've had tubes put in as a child?

My ears have been clogged for a few weeks and wondering if hydrogen peroxide is safe to use to clean them out if I've had tubes put in as a child?

No: No, please do not put hydrogen peroxide in your ears. If they feel clogged, but no other symptoms like pain in ears, or fevers, then try an oral antihistamine or decongestant to see if that helps. If not, see your primary care physician or ENT doctor. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my ears have pressure and feel cloged and full do I have a bloked eustachian tube?

What do you suggest if my ears have pressure and feel cloged and full do I have a bloked eustachian tube?

Eustachian Tube: Hello. Your issue is the dysfunction of the eustachian tube. Allergy and sinusitis are two common causes of this disorder, other causes could be pressure changes in your environment, viral that may be sub clinical in that you never had any symptoms of a cold, undiagnosed allergy or an irritant. See your doctor for confirmation saline sinus wash followed by Afrin nasal spray as directed will help. ...Read more

Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Tympanostomy Tube (Definition)

It is the insertion of a small tube into the eardrum. Function is to allow pressure equalization of ear pressure with environmental pressure. Used to reduce incidence of ear infections ...Read more


Dr. Nicholas D'Avanzo
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Tympanostomy (Definition)

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