from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The surgical procedure of making a tiny incision in the eardrum, to relieve pressure caused by the excessive buildup of fluid, or to drain pus.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Incision into the tympanic membrane.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. surgical incision into the eardrum (to relieve pressure or release pus from the middle ear)
Sorry, no etymologies found.
E ear tubes: also called myringotomy tubes, small tubes placed in the eardrum to allow fluid to drain from the middle ear.
"The minimization of potential infectious complications is a priority for the cochlear implant surgeon who is operating on a child with a history of myringotomy tube placement," the authors write.
"While manipulation of the tympanic membrane [eardrum] with myringotomy tube insertion, myringotomy tube exchange or perforation repair is not without risks, in the current study the management of the myringotomy tube before cochlear implantation did not adversely affect outcomes."
"Specific myringotomy tube management over the course of cochlear implantation does not appear to adversely affect the final outcomes in cases involving pediatric ears."
The study looked at all patients in Florida who underwent one of five common outpatient procedures: carpal tunnel release, cataract excision, colonoscopy, knee arthroscopy and myringotomy with tympanostomy tube placement (a procedure to insert tubes in the ear).
When fluid is present in the middle ear for three months or longer, or there is pronounced hearing loss, myringotomy may be considered.
This had been going on for months, and I hadn't recognized it or treated the issue with enough urgency. myringotomy - long names for what ended up being a smooth an easy out-patient procedure.