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Explore this issue:April 2013
Transnasal Balloon Catheter Dilation of Eustachian Tube Relieves Ear Pressure
Is there a way to relieve refractory middle ear pressure symptoms from Eustachian tube dysfunction other than through myringotomy and tubes?
Background: About 1 percent of adults in the general population have Eustachian tube dysfunction, and the percentage of these patients in otolaryngology practices is much higher. For patients with nasal symptoms, the standard treatment typically includes nasal steroid spray, antihistamines and decongestants. If there are no concomitant nasal symptoms, a myringotomy with or without a tube is often performed. The recent advent of nasal sinus balloon catheters raises the question of the feasibility of transnasal balloon catheter dilation of the Eustachian tube.
Study design: Prospective, non-controlled.