What is the purpose of a pneumatic attachment on the diagnostic head of an otoscope?

Updated: Mar 09, 2020
  • Author: Ariel A Waitzman, MD, FRCSC; Chief Editor: Ravindhra G Elluru, MD, PhD  more...
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A pneumatic attachment on the diagnostic head allows assessment of tympanic membrane motion by generating positive pressure in the EAC, causing the tympanic membrane to deflect medially. When pressure is released, the tympanic membrane expands laterally. This technique is an important tool in the diagnosis of middle ear effusions, vascular lesions, and inner ear fistulas.


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