Myringotomy with PE Tubes
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A pressure-equalizing (PE) tube is used to prevent middle ear infections. A PE tube is a very small tube shaped like a spool of thread. The tubes are placed into an incision or opening in the eardrums. You may see clear fluid coming out of your ears for up to 24 hours after surgery. You may have an earache for two to three hours after surgery.

 The PE tubes stay in the eardrums for about six to 18 months.

The tubes will gradually fall out of the eardrums and into the ear canals during this time. You may see a small amount of blood from the ears when the tubes come out of the eardrums. Earwax in the ear canals carries the tubes out of the ears. If the tube stays in the eardrum longer than five years, scar tissue might grow around the tube. PE tubes should be removed by a caregiver if they have not fallen out in five years.


Having PE tubes put into your ear could cause scarring or injury to your eardrum. This could lead to hearing problems. Your ear may drain pus. If you follow your doctor's directions, you are not likely to have problems. Call your doctor if you are worried or have questions about your treatment or care.

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