What is the prognosis of tympanic membrane perforation (TMP)?

Updated: Dec 14, 2020
  • Author: Robert A Saadi, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Uncomplicated tympanic membrane perforation (TMP) requires no treatment. Perforations remain stable, and prognosis for absence of morbidity is good. Repaired drums reperforate in as many as 10% of patients. Potential for late perforation and the potential for formation of cholesteatoma mandate regular follow-up care for many years after apparently successful surgery.


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