tympanic membrane atelectasis

tympanic membrane atelectasis
a complication of chronic serous otitis media in which the middle ear contains a viscous fluid and the tympanic membrane has become thin, atrophic, retracted, and adherent to middle ear structures; there is usually conductive hearing loss. Called also adhesive or atelectatic otitis media.

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