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Traumatic perforation: spontaneous healing after 3 months.

The otoscopic view is of the same left ear shown in last month's Otoscopic Clinic. (1) 3 months after the eardrum had been perforated by a Q-tip. Although the area of the healed perforation is slightly thickened, the tympanic membrane appears surprisingly normal. Only a minority of perforated tympanic membranes will heal after 1 month; those that do are usually large perforations that can be seen to be progressively healing at each follow-up examination.


(1). Pulec JL, Deguine C. Traumatic perforation: Q-tip injury. Ear Nose Throat J 2003;82:484.

From Gap, France (Dr. Deguine). and the Pulec Ear Clinic. Los Angeles (Dr. Pulec).
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Title Annotation:eardrum perforation; Otoscopic Clinic
Author:Pulec, Jack L.
Publication:Ear, Nose and Throat Journal
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Aug 1, 2003
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