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Acta Otolaryngol. 1981 Nov-Dec;92(5-6):481-91.

Eustachian tube function in normal children and adults.


Eustachian tubal function was studied in 85 otologically healthy children, 3-12 years of age. Middle ear pressure and muscular opening function was measured by tympanometry performed in a pressure chamber, and the results were compared with those obtained from 92 normal adults. Children were found to have a less good muscular opening function and more negative middle ear pressures within wider ranges, compared with adults. Improvement was also seen in children with increasing age. The results seemed to indicate a relation between muscular opening function and middle ear pressure. Even if it were possible to grade the muscular opening function by means of the test procedure, it would still not be possible to define what should be regarded as normal or abnormal tubal function. This report is the first in a series of tubal function studies in normal children.

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