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Acta Otolaryngol. 2018 Feb;138(2):122-127. doi: 10.1080/00016489.2017.1384568. Epub 2017 Oct 10.

Patient satisfaction in the long-term effects of Eustachian tube balloon dilation is encouraging.

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1
a Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Center , Helsinki University Hospital, University of Helsinki , Helsinki , Finland.
2
b Department of Otorhinolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery , Turku University Hospital, University of Turku , Turku , Finland.

Abstract

OBJECT:

To investigate the long-term effects of balloon Eustachian tuboplasty (BET) from patient's perspective and to discover which symptoms of Eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD) benefit the most from BET.

METHOD:

We designed a retrospective postal questionnaire based on the seven-item ETD questionnaire (ETDQ-7). Our questionnaire covered the severity of present ETD symptoms in comparison with the preoperative situation, the severity of current overall ear symptoms, and possible surgical interventions after BET. Forty-six patients treated in our institution between 2011 and 2013 fulfilled the inclusion criteria and 74% (34 patients; total 52 ears treated with BET) returned the questionnaire with a mean follow-up time of 3.1 years (range 1.8-4.6 years).

RESULTS:

Pain in the ears, feeling of pressure in the ears, and feeling that ears are clogged had reduced in 75% of the ears that suffered from these symptoms preoperatively. Seventy-seven percent of all the responders felt that their overall ear symptoms were reduced. Altogether, 82% of all the patients stated that they would undergo BET again if their ear symptoms returned to the preoperative level.

CONCLUSION:

Patient satisfaction in the long-term effects of BET is encouraging. These results may help clinicians in preoperative patient selection and counselling.

KEYWORDS:

Eustachian tube dysfunction; balloon dilation; patient satisfaction; questionnaire

PMID:
29017385
DOI:
10.1080/00016489.2017.1384568
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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