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Pediatric Myringotomy Tubes (Ear Tubes)

Key points about pediatric myringotomy tubes

  • Ear tubes – also known as myringotomy tubes, tympanostomy tubes or ventilation tubes – are small tubes that are surgically placed into your child's eardrum by an ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeon to help drain the fluid out of your child’s middle ear.
  • Children between ages 1 to 3 years old are most likely to need tubes.
  • Your child's behavior, sleep and communication may be better if ear infections were causing problems after getting ear tubes inserted.
  • Getting ear tubes inserted is normally an outpatient procedure. This means that your child will have surgery and then go home that same day.
  • The ear tubes normally fall out in about six months to a year.
  • What are ear tubes?
  • Why might my child need ear tubes?
  • What are the benefits of ear tubes?
  • What are the risks of ear tubes?
  • How do I prepare my child for ear tube insertion?
  • What happens during ear tube insertion?
  • What happens after ear tube insertion?
Children's Team

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Providers

George Zalzal

George Zalzal

Division Chief, Ear, Nose, and Throat (Otolaryngology)
Nancy Bauman

Nancy Bauman

Director, Aerodigestive Clinic
Co-Director Vascular Anomaly Clinic
Otolaryngologist
Pamela Mudd

Pamela Mudd

Director, Pediatric Voice Program
Otolaryngologist
Diego Preciado

Diego Preciado

Vice Chief, Pediatric Otolaryngology
Director, Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship
Co-Director of the Cochlear Implant Program
Otolaryngologist
Brian Reilly

Brian Reilly

Co-Director of the Cochlear Implant Program
Otolaryngologist
Rahul Shah

Rahul Shah

Vice President
Chief Quality and Safety Officer
Acting CMIO
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Ear, Nose and Throat (Otolaryngology)

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