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What are Middle Ear Infections with Tubes? Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the middle ear?

Located behind the eardrum, the middle ear is a small cavity that leads to the inner ear and the eustachian tube.

What are common signs & symptoms of Middle Ear Infections when my child has tympanostomy tubes?

Pain and fever are rarely associated with Middle Ear Infection with Tubes. Drainage from the ear (called otorrhea) is typically the only symptom. The infection might also cause a bad smell from the ear canal2.

Do patients with tubes still get Middle Ear Infections?

Unfortunately, 15% to 26% of patients with tubes still get Middle Ear Infections2.


  1. IMS Health. National prescription audit. USC 61110 OPHTH BROAD/MED SPEC. November 2016.
  2. Rosenfeld RM, Schwartz SR, Pynnonen MA, et al. Clinical practice guideline: tympanostomy tubes in children. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013;139(1 suppl):S1-S35.


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