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What are risks and complications of ear tubes?

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While ear tube surgery is common, minor complications can occur in up to half of the children who have them inserted. Complications include:

  • Failure to resolve the ear infections.
  • Thickening of the eardrum over time, which affects hearing in a small percentage of patients.
  • Persistent perforation after the tube falls out of the eardrum.
  • Chronic ear drainage.
  • Need for further and more aggressive surgery such as tonsil, adenoid, sinus, or ear surgery.
  • Infection.
  • Hearing loss.
  • Scarring of the eardrum.
  • Possible need to keep the ear dry and to use ear plugs.
  • Foreign body reaction to the tube itself -- for example, an allergic reaction to the tube material (rare).

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