A healthy 42-year-old male presents for a routine physical examination. He has no concerns to report during this visit. During the exam, the following image was obtained with the Wispr digital otoscope.
The patient has myringosclerosis.
Myringosclerosis is commonly seen during routine ear examinations. It represents deposits of calcium in the layers that make up the tympanic membrane (TM, eardrum). It is commonly associated with the patient having a history of ventilation tubes. It can also be related to a history of pathology such as acute otitis media (AOM). Although sclerosis appears dramatic, it is of little clinical concern and generally does not affect hearing to any significant extent. No treatment is required. Compare the TM in this case with the pristine TM in this case.