An ear drainage culture is a laboratory test to check for infection-causing substances in a sample of fluid, pus, wax, or blood from the ear.
See also: Ear drainage
Culture - ear drainage
How the test is performed
A sample of ear drainage is needed. Your health care provider will use a cotton swab to collect the sample from inside the outer ear canal. In some cases, a sample is collected from the middle ear during ear surgery.
The sample is sent to a laboratory and placed on a special dish (culture media).
The lab team checks the dish every day to see if bacteria, fungi, or viruses have grown. Further tests may be done to specifically identify any substances and determine the best treatment.
How to prepare for the test
No preparation is needed for a lab culture.
How the test will feel
No pain is associated with using a cotton swab to take a sample of drainage from the outer ear. However, ear pai...
Alternative Names Otoplasty; Ear surgery - cosmetic Risks Complications such as blood clots and infection are uncommon. Other risks of the procedure include: Keloids and hypertrophic scars Areas of numbness Increased susceptibility to cold Unsatisfactory results
Surgery Tympanostomy (with Myringotomy) A tympanostomy involves the insertion of tubes to allow fluid to drain from the middle ear. The procedure involves: A general anesthetic (asleep, no pain). Children typically recover completely within a few hours. Myringotomy (removal of fluid) is performed first. After myringotomy, the doctor inserts a tube to allow continuous drainage of the fluid from the middle ear.
Click the icon to see an illustrated series detailing ear tube insertion. Postoperative Effects. Tympanostomy is a simple procedure, and the child almost never has to spend the night in the hospital. Acetaminophen (Tylenol, generic) or ibuprofen (Advil, generic) is sufficient for any postoperative pain in most children. Some children, however, may need codeine or other powerful pain relievers. Generally, the tubes stay in the eardrum for at least several months before coming out on their own. On rare occasions, they will need to be surgically removed. Complications. Otorrhea, drainage o...
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