Ear Pic of the Week: A Tympanic Membrane Perforation & Otorrhea

Dr. Charles Caplan an Otolaryngologists from Renton, WA captured this week’s Ear Pic of the Week. He’s one of our CellScope Oto Pioneer physicians and first-time featured contributor on the Tympanic Times.

A patient with acute otitis media and a tympanic membrane perforation.

A patient with acute otitis media and a tympanic membrane perforation.

This week’s photo captured an ear infection in an elderly woman with a tympanic membrane perforation and otorrhea, or ear drainage. The perforation in the tympanic membrane appears as a small hole in the center of the photo.

Dr. Caplan says that the patient has known of the perforation for decades, but hadn’t experienced any drainage for many years. After a month of the ear drainage, the patient came in to see Dr. Caplan. The infection successfully cleared up by treating it with drops.

Thanks again, Dr. Caplan for sharing this great image.

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