Posted by: BMJ | 2012/06/14


granuloma on eardrum

Dear Doc

My 9y old son was at the ent today after trying for a while to treat constantly discharging ears, He has always strggled with his ears and have had 6 sets of grommets already. We had him tested for every possible allergy, but he has none. So the cause of the ear problems is unknown. When the dr examined him today he removed what he called a granuloma on his eardrum. I understood that it was something that formed in an rejecting form , but I am still not sure what it is exactly and what it means that he had one. Could you please help me understand.

Thank you

Expert's Reply



A granuloma is a collection of cells involved in a previous episode of inflammation that try to wall off an area of infection. Granulomas also forM around foreign objects such as a grommets tube in the eardrum. A granuloma is not dangerous and will not spread in any way but can interfere with the normal delicate movement of the eardrum. So it is best to remove a granuloma as the ENT specialist has done here.

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