Medical Definition of Tube, tympanostomy

Tube, tympanostomy: A small tube inserted into the eardrum to keep the middle ear aerated for a prolonged period of time. These ventilating tubes usually remain in place for 6 months to several years. Eventually, they move out of the eardrum (extrude) and fall out into the ear canal. Also called ear tubes.

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Reviewed on 9/7/2018