Degraded tympanostomy tube in the middle ear

July 21, 2013
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Imaging Clinic

Tympanostomy tubes can cause a foreign-body reaction that can lead to myringitis and the development of granulation tissue and polyps.

During an otolaryngologic examination, an 8-year-old girl was noted to have a white mass behind her left tympanic membrane. The patient's medical history was significant for tetrasomy 15, bilateral congenital sensorineural hearing loss, and recurrent acute otitis media. She had been fitted with hearing aids, and she had undergone multiple placements of tympanostomy tubes.

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