Medical Definition of Ear puncture

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

Ear puncture: Puncture of the ear drum may be due to an accident, often due to a Q tip or other object being pushed too far into the ear. Or it may be due to a rapid build up of pressure in the middle ear, usually from an infection that quickly creates pus. A surgical incision (myringotomy) can be made in the eardrum to suction out fluid or infection. A PE (pressure equalization) tube is inserted into the ear drum after an incision is made into it.

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Reviewed on 12/4/2018

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