This photograph of a retracted left tympanic membrane shows air-fluid levels in the middle ear. The tympanic membrane is thin and the light reflex is still present. This patient has serous otitis media.
This picture shows a radial anterior myringotomy. The air-fluid meniscus is still present, prior to aspiration of the middle ear effusion. Thin amber serous fluid was evacuated from the middle ear.
A Pope tympanostomy tube (PE tube) is inserted through the myringotomy.
This patient's hearing immediately improved by about 35 dB.