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Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2007 Mar;136(3):422-7.

Microdebrider eustachian tuboplasty: A preliminary report.

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Department of Otology and Laryngology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA. ralph_metson@meei.harvard.edu <ralph_metson@meei.harvard.edu>

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate microdebrider eustachian tuboplasty for treatment of patients with eustachian tube dysfunction.

STUDY DESIGN:

A prospective study of 20 patients with eustachian tube dysfunction who underwent microdebrider eustachian tuboplasty (mETP) was performed at an academic medical center. Surgery involved use of a microdebrider to remove hypertrophied mucosa from the posterior eustachian tube cushion. All patients had concurrent sinonasal disease and underwent endoscopic sinus surgery at the time of mETP.

RESULTS:

There were no surgical complications. Following mETP, subjective symptoms of ear blockage improved in 14 of 20 patients (70%). Mean pure tone average improved by 6 dB (27 dB pre-op vs 21 dB post-op; P = 0.013). Abnormal tympanogram improved in 11 of 17 patients (65%). Failure of the procedure correlated with severity of mucosal disease as measured by both elevated tissue eosinophil count and advanced sinus CT stage (P = 0.018 and P = 0.014, respectively). Mean follow-up was 13 months (range 3-34 months).

CONCLUSION:

Microdebrider eustachian tuboplasty appears to be a safe procedure for the treatment of eustachian tube dysfunction.

PMID:
17321871
DOI:
10.1016/j.otohns.2006.10.031
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