What is the focus of the physical exam to evaluate myringitis?

Updated: Oct 19, 2018
  • Author: John Schweinfurth, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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The TM has long been recognized as the true mirror of the middle ear, with all its changes reflected on the surface of the TM. In the case of AOM, examining the changes related to all stages of inflammation on the surface of the TM is possible. Otoscopy allows examination of the tensed grey-blue membrane with reflected light directed into the lower front section. The TM has identifiable items, such as the light reflect, the umbo, the handle of the malleus, the lateral process of the malleus, the lenticular process of the incus, and the anterior and posterior plicae of the TM.


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