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Why would my son's tubes fall out of his ear after 2 months?

Asked by BBSDTfamily (6737 points ) January 5th, 2011

I found out today that one of the tubes my son had placed in his ear 2 months ago has already fallen out. My pediatrician says he has never seen one fall out this early (they usually stay in place 6 months-2 years). I’m going back to the ENT Friday and need to know if it could be something he did incorrectly during the surgery. THanks

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gailcalled's avatar

You need to provide more details and be clearer. What surgical procedure? For what reasons? How old is your son? What do tubes do? What is the name of the procedure?

tigerlilly2's avatar

I had tubes when I was five years old and they did not come out for at least six months. It sounds as if your pediatrician knows what he is talking about. You should definitely take your son to be re-evaluated because it is possible that he will have to have the tubes re-inserted. As to why this has happened there could be a number of different factors at play. This website may be helpful to you “http://www.livestrong.com/article/85650-complications-ear-tube-surgery/”

YARNLADY's avatar

Go back to the pediatrician and make sure all your questions are answered. Do not rely on internet answers, your child deserves professional help.

josie's avatar

If they fell out, maybe they didn’t need to be there in the first place.

tigerlilly2's avatar

@Josie they’re supposed to fall out. It’s part of the procedure :)

josie's avatar

@tigerlilly2 Question answered!

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

They will only stay in until they are pushed out naturally. I had tubes 3 times as a child, and each time the duration was shorter. Two months seems like a very short time, but, your ENT doc will be able to tell you for sure.

BBSDTfamily's avatar

We saw the pediatrician today because he was acting like he felt bad, but I never guessed it was another ear infection since he just had the tubes put in 2 months ago and his ear wasn’t draining. I have an appointment with his ENT for Friday but was mainly wondering if anyone knew if this was something that just sometimes happens, or if it could be the ENT’s fault (b/c if so I want a different ENT).

BarnacleBill's avatar

It has more to do with the pressure in the ear drum pushing the tube out. The tube looks like a tiny grommet.

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