Myringotomy

What is Myringotomy?

Incision of the tympanic membrane.

Questions and answers on "Myringotomy"

Hi is a myringotomy safe? I have eustation tube dysfunction and I have tried everything to resolve it to no avail. I have fluid in my right ear and fear that my eardrum will burst

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
yes, it is good

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thanks for your query.

Yes, Myringotomy with or without Gromet insertion is safe and indicated in conditions causing accumulation of fluid in the middle ear and when there is eustachian tube dysfunction.

Hope, I answered your query.

Wish you...

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I'm still having fluid in my ears.. I used prednisone and I'm now using allegra, I tried every method to clear out my ears but to no avail.. I have had this issue since January... I heard a myringotomy might help but there is a possibility for hearing loss.. I fear that might happen... what can I do so as to preserve my hearing?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
serous otitis media/ glue ear. myringotomy.

Detailed Answer:
Hi, thanks for your query.
If u are having fluid in the middle ear from 6 months, then I would suggest you to get myringotomy to drain the fluid out with grommet insertion done.
The hearing loss after myringotomy is less...

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Hi,

I just had a myringotomy in each ear a few hours ago. I didn't have tubes put in.. my ent is trying this procedure due to my eustachian tubes being clogged. Ever since she did this, my ears feel extremely clogged up. . Is this Normal? Please help

XXXXXX

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
normal. will take 4 weeks to recover.

Detailed Answer:
Hi, thanks for your query.
usually there is swelling of the ear drum either because of the disease or because of the myringotomy.
This will cause ear blocked feeling.
I feel your doctor would have cleared the middle ear while...

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I had fluid in my ear and was losing hearing from it over the last couple of weeks. Doctor gave me Ciprodex for 8 days and my ear was not improving, but got worse - itchy feeling, full of fluid, build-up. Doctor then gave me Azithromycin 250 mg for 5 days and referred me to ENT. On 5th day of finishing this last antibiotic, my right ear was still clogged and felt like a golf bolf was stuck in there plus I had lost hearing (all right ear). ENT pierced my eardrum, suctioned out the fluid and passed air through it. This procedure was done 3 days ago on XXXXXXX 26, 2016. There was no change in my sensation and hearing felt worse. He conducted hearing test immediately after the procedure and these tests showed significant hearing loss in right ear (down to the 50 dcbl mark) compared to left ear which was normal/perfect. Air pressure test showed right ear graph flat-lined while left ear normal. I have severe high-pitched ringing in my right ear following the procedure which I did not have before, and deafness in my right ear plus it feels and sounds like I am submerged under water on the right side of my head when I talk. I can't hear sounds or others or myself talk except through the left ear. It's been 3 days since the ENT procedure and I'm still ringing in the right ear and feeling deaf. When I sleep I feel and hear pulsating "whoosh" vibrating through my right ear (pulsating matching rate of my heart beat). I have been having very high anxiety over the last 3 days over this and feeling of complete desperation and am overwhelmed. I am unable to function, focus, concentrate, feel scared, world around me feels different. This sudden loss of hearing is not what I was prepared for and am not adjusted to. I've had perfect hearing all my life - played piano for 18 years, highly active, very good at hand-eye coordination sports like tennis, basketball, and avid cyclist, etc. Since the ENT procedure I have stopped all physical activity and am afraid of the impact on my health and wellbeing, plus I am missing work. This is all having a great impact on my life, whereas, before I was extremely a motivated and high performing individual. I was unable to go to the office these last 3 days in light of the anxiety, ringing, deafness, etc. for which I went to the emergency at the hospital to see if they could help me. They tried to contact the ENT and found out he was not going to follow up with me until March! Emergency doctor then insisted he see me sooner and got an appointment for me next Tuesday on February 2nd. Even though I didn't want to go back to that ENT since he just did a procedure on me without giving me options or talking to me to tell me what he was doing and why, the Emergency doctor recommended I keep the ENT appointment since that ENT had done the procedure. Is this hearing loss permanent? What can be done as a next step? What questions should I ask the ENT in follow up? Note - there were no tubes put in my ear after the ear drum was cut by the ENT. I was just given Pulmicort prescription to use with NeilMed nasal rinse.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
There is no cause for worry.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thank you for your query.

1. The appearance of the tinnitus and persistent hearing loss means that there is still a large amount of fluid still trapped behind the ear drum. I must emphasize that this is common and will settle down....

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My 3.5 yr old male child has been complaining of ear ache for the last one month. Diagnosis says that there is an accumulation of fluid in both his ears, behind the drums. He has been on antibiotics for more than one month now. Once the course of antibiotics begin, he seems to feel a little better, but as soon as the course ends, within a day (or sometimes a few hours), the pain starts again. Doctors have suggested a process called Myringotomy, and have explained the entire process to me. My question to you is: what is the internationally accepted threshold (occurrence frequency, timeframe) to decide on Myringotomy versus taking the wait-and-watch approach with antibiotics? What are the risks associated with the Myringotomy process itself? (Or with the general anesthesia that will need to be administered?)

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
3 months.

Detailed Answer:

Hi,

I had gone through your question and understand your concerns that your child is having fluid behind intact ear drum.


Clinically it is known as Otitis media with effusion (fluid behind intact ear drum). occurs most commonly, in infants and children of...

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May daughter has had her second set of tubes in for four years. One fell out last year and the other has fallen out but is sitting in her ear canal. She had some bleeding this weekend in her ear. Is this normal? She said she doesn't have any pain, but it is "itchy"

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
As below:

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thank you for your query.

1. Get both the ear drums checked to see if the myringotomy (incision site where the grommet is inserted) sites have healed.

2. If the ear drums are intact, flushing the ears is not an issue.

3. If the ear drums have not yet...

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Ear pain. Have a cold and just got off a plane.. excruciating
YYYY@YYYY

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Ear Barotrauma.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thank you for your query.

1. This is ear barotrauma after a flight, when you have a cold or the Eustachian Tube is blocked.

2. OTC nasal decongestant drops ( 0.1 % Xylometazoline ) and a painkiller should help for immediate relief.

3. After this...

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I am suffering from my ear block following a flight journey. The inconvenience is continuing for nearly 2 weeks.. I went to see a doctor at my hometown XXXXXXX I took medicine as per doctor's advice. But till date so far no improvement. I need a second opinion. Please advice me accordingly.
Thanks,
XXXX

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
glue ear

Detailed Answer:
Hi, thanks for your query. After viewing your prescription and audiometry results, I am in the opinion that you might be having glue ear. It's a condition where in there is fluid accumulation in middle ear. Treatment is to give decongestant tablet twice...

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My mother, 61, is a renal transplant rejection patient and on dialysis since 3 months through jugular catheter. She was suffering from hearing loss for a about 1.5 yrs; the doctor concluded it was fluid in middle ear. We did not go for surgery and opted for hearing aid. But from past 2 months she has problem walking (balancing). Apart from that, her head just loses control and falls when looking up or down. MRI of head revealed 1) Symmetric increase in bilateral T1WI hyper-intensity involving to globus pallidus and substantia nigra. No mass effect / no restricted DWI / no hemorrhage.
2) Bilateral ischemic WM changes.
3) Bilateral mastoid effusion noted. (right > left).
Kindly translate these in simple way if possible and suggest the mode of treatment. What could she be suffering from.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Her dizziness and hearing loss may be due to multiple causes.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thank you for your query.

1. Long standing conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, renal disease, dialysis, otitis media with effusion (OME) are all individually capable of causing hearing loss....

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I have two issues. first , I have mucus build up in my head and stays mostly by my right ear. this leads to not being able to hear. I have been to the Doctor 3 times and they have not solved this problem yet. I am tired of not being to hear. Second, I have severe lower back pain. It is so bad that I can not walk, cook, do dishes, vacuum or anything without hurting so bad I could cry. I have had xrays and a catscan which only show arthritis. Don't know what to do

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
audiometry & MRI SPINE.

Detailed Answer:


Hi,

I had gone through your question and understand your concerns that you are having hearing loss with back pain.

Based on your clinical details, it appears to be aged onset deafness or Eustachian tube dysfunction (mucus build up in nose)...

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I am suffering from my ear block following a flight journey. The inconvenience is continuing for nearly 2 weeks.. I went to see a doctor at my hometown XXXXXXX I took medicine as per doctor's advice. But till date so far no improvement. I need a...

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My grandson is on Medicaid which limited his physician pool. Nevertheless his mother had his adenoids removed on 3/17/11 at the ENT s recommendation. Now on 6/13/11, we took him for a second opion because the original Dr. said the baby,(23 mo. old) now needs myringotomy tubes . The second opion Dr. checked the baby and said his adenoids either were never removed or grew back. Is this possible in less than 12 weeks? I suspect the first Dr. never really did much other than put the baby under anesthesia and possibly scrape the adenoid tissue. I don t want him (the original Dr.) to do the ear operation because 1. the adenoid surgery was botched and 2. why didnt he see the ear problem, and correct it while the first surgery was being done. He waited until the 2 week f/u from the first surgery to tell us the child needed his ears done.

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My son 3.5 years old is suffering with middle ear fluid issue and is going to be operated for removal of adenoids. The confusion here is that one surgeon has suggested that he has to undergo myringotomy as well while the other says that the middle ear fluid issue can be treated without operation by medicine and in most cases it (middle ear fluid) is gone just like that.

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