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Diagnosis: Chronoc otitis media left side after traumatic ear drum perforation.


The video showed a central, subtotal ear drum perforation.

Question: Does "central ear drum perforation" mean the centre of the ear drum is perforated ?

Thank you in advance.
  • morior_invictus

    Senior Member
    Hello peaced-dreamer,

    even though I don't think this is a language question, I will answer it:
    Classification of perforations (anterior, posterior, central, subtotal).
    Source : openi.nlm.nih.gov

    You can see the images of those four perforations when you click on the link above.
    A perforated eardrum or punctured eardrum is a rupture or perforation (hole) of the eardrum which can occur as a result of otitis media (ear infection), trauma (e.g. by trying to clean the ear with sharp instruments), explosion, loud noise or surgery (accidental creation of a rupture).
    Source : wikipedia.org : Perforated eardrum
    A subtotal perforation is a large central perforation involving the pars tensa portion of ear drum
    Source : Balasubramanian Thiagarajan : Clinical examination techniques in otology


    Senior Member
    English - England
    Yes it must. It can't refer to a 'central eardrum' because we don't have lots of eardrums with one in the middle.

    It can't refer to anything else. Can it?
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