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What is a myringotomy for mastoiditis?

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Surgery may also be needed to drain the fluid from the middle ear, called a myringotomy. During a myringotomy, the doctor makes a small hole in the eardrum to drain the fluid and relieve pressure from the middle ear. A small tube may be inserted into the middle ear to ventilate and prevent fluid from getting into the middle ear. Typically, the tube will fall out on its own after six to 12 months.

From: Mastoiditis WebMD Medical Reference

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Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford: "Pediatric Mastoiditis."

Children's Memorial Hospital: "Acute and chronic mastoiditis."

Hearinginfo.org: "Mastoiditis."

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta: "Mastoiditis."

National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 31, 2019

SOURCES:

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford: "Pediatric Mastoiditis."

Children's Memorial Hospital: "Acute and chronic mastoiditis."

Hearinginfo.org: "Mastoiditis."

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta: "Mastoiditis."

National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 31, 2019

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