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Is it important how big the tympanostomy tubes are?

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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Nicholas D'Avanzo
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Depends on kid

Short barbell like tubes the size of a bb shot are often the only tube a kid would ever need.
Some kids with a long term need for tubes will extrude the regular ones quicky & a longer t-tube style will tend to stay longer. The outside diameter & inside window of the tube are limited by how big a hole you can create in the ear drum & expect it to heal over after tube is gone.

In brief: Depends on kid

Short barbell like tubes the size of a bb shot are often the only tube a kid would ever need.
Some kids with a long term need for tubes will extrude the regular ones quicky & a longer t-tube style will tend to stay longer. The outside diameter & inside window of the tube are limited by how big a hole you can create in the ear drum & expect it to heal over after tube is gone.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Troy Reyna
Surgery - Pediatric

In brief: No

They are usually standardized for the size of the child.

In brief: No

They are usually standardized for the size of the child.
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