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Glue Ear: Glossary

Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 20:29

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

Here are definitions of medical terms related to glue ear.

Allergy: An unusual response to a small amount of a foreign substance that normally does not cause a reaction in another person

Bacteria: Microscopic organisms; unlike viruses, they generally respond to antibiotics

Eustachian tubes: The tubes that connect the middle ear to the back of the throat; their function is to equalize the air pressure in the ear

General anesthesia: Putting a person to sleep for an operation

Glue ear: A painless condition in which thick, sticky fluid collects behind the eardrum, blocking the middle part of the ear and possibly causing impaired hearing

Myringotomy: A small incision made into the eardrum to allow fluid to drain from the ear

Tympanostomy tube: Plastic tube that is inserted into myringotomy

Virus: A microscopic organism; antibiotics have no effect on viruses

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