What is myringotomy?

Updated: Sep 25, 2019
  • Author: John D Donaldson, MD, FRCSC, FACS; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Myringotomy is the incision and drainage procedure for AOM. It is a product of technology that allows the illumination of the tympanic membrane, with or without magnification. A myringotomy may be an extension of a tympanocentesis (see above) or a separate incision of the tympanic membrane to provide drainage of the middle ear cleft to the ear canal.

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