Adenoid Removal?

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Registered: 09-21-2004
Adenoid Removal?
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Wed, 03-16-2011 - 10:15pm

Hi everyone.

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Registered: 10-15-1999
Thu, 03-17-2011 - 3:39pm

Hi and welcome. First off, I'm sorry about the infection. The meds can help but sometimes it can take 2-3 months for the infection to clear, unless the fluid is no longer fluid and is now a gluey substance....in which case tubes are necessary. First the ENT must make a small incision in the eardrum and suck out the "glue". The tubes are inserted after to keep the ear dry for about 3 months (the tubes usually fall out on their own).
If an infection if left untreated in the middle ear it can lead to irreversable damage, and possibly the inner ear also. Look up "Cholesteatomas".
The reason the ENT wants to remopve the adnoids is that they have become too large and are blocking the eustachian tubes. This is not somepthing he will outgrow. The eustachian tubes join our middle ears to our throat. They equalize the pressure in the middle ear. When these tubes are blocked, and not working properly, we get that full feeling in our ears (much like being in a plane, or going up mountains). Can be very uncomfortable, and lead to infections.

If you have concerns please talk to your ENT, or get a second opinion.
Good luck

Maria

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