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Medical Term:

pneumatic otoscopy


Definition: inspection of the ear with a device capable of varying air pressure against the tympanic membrane. Imparting movement to the tympanic membrane suggests normal middle ear compliance; the lack of movement indicates either increased impedance, as with fluid in the middle ear, or perforation of the tympanic membrane.

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