HomePhilippine Journal of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgeryvol. 30 no. 2 (2015)

A Myringotomy and Ventilating Tube Applicator: New Look at a Five-Century-Old Procedure

Jay Pee M. Amable | Lily L. Sia-vargas

Discipline: Health, Science



Objectives: To fabricate a single instrument that can be used to perform myringotomy and insert a pressure equalizing tube at almost the same time.


Design: Surgical Instrumentation Setting: Tertiary Private Hospital

Subject: A chicken egg membrane was used as a tympanic membrane model

Results: The fabricated instrument was able to perforate the egg membrane and apply the modified polyethylene pressure equalizing tube in less than one minute without complications.

Conclusion: The prototype applicator can facilitate myringotomy and pressure equalizing (PE) tube insertion at only a fraction of the time it usually takes to do the standard myringotomy and subsequent ventilating tube insertion