Ear, Nose and Throat

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Pediatric ENT

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Placement of Tympanostomy Tubes

A myringotomy (incision into the eardrum) is performed to drain the middle ear of fluid.  It is also performed when there is no fluid present but there is retraction of the eardrum.  Tubes are often placed at the time of a myringotomy to “stent” the eardrum and act as an artificial Eustachian tube.  It is often performed in children for recurrent ear infections as well as hearing loss and/or speech delay secondary to hearing loss caused by the fluid.  This can be performed in the office using a topical anesthetic but children are done in the operating room under a brief mask anesthesia.