- Navy diver with recurrent facial nerve baroparesis treated with eustachian tube balloon dilation. [Case Reports]Laryngoscope 2019L
- Facial nerve baroparesis is a rare complication of middle ear barotrauma reported almost exclusively in overpressure events related to diving and flying. Until the development of Eustachian tube balloon dilation, no diving compatible options existed to effectively and safely prevent recurrence. We present a case of a U.S. Navy diver with a history of repeated ipsilateral facial nerve paresis that…
Facial nerve baroparesis is a rare complication of middle ear barotrauma reported almost exclusively in overpressure events related to diving and flying. Until the development of Eustachian tube balloon dilation, no diving compatible options existed to effectively and safely prevent recurrence. We present a case of a U.S. Navy diver with a history of repeated ipsilateral facial nerve paresis that occurred during diving. The patient underwent Eustachian tube balloon dilation of the affected side. Following surgery, the patient completed a recompression chamber simulated dive that allowed the patient to return to diving. The patient has been symptom-free for 12 months following dilation. Laryngoscope, 2019.
- Effect of balloon dilation eustachian tuboplasty combined with tympanic tube insertion in the treatment of chronic recurrent secretory otitis media. [Journal Article]Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol 2019EA
- CONCLUSIONS: BET combined with TTI surgery is an effective therapy for patients with CRSOM.
- Consensus on treatment of obstructive Eustachian tube dysfunction with balloon Eustachian tuboplasty. [Journal Article]Acta Otorrinolaringol Esp 2019AO
- CONCLUSIONS: BET is a surgical, minimally invasive treatment that has shown its effectiveness and safety in obstructive Eustachian tube dysfunction in adults and children. It is most effective in barotrauma and serous otitis media.
- Balloon Eustachian tuboplasty under monitored anaesthesia care with different balloon dilation devices: A pilot feasibility study with 18 patients. [Letter]Clin Otolaryngol 2019; 44(1):87-90CO
- In Vivo Measurement of Middle Ear Pressure Changes during Balloon Eustachian Tuboplasty. [Journal Article]Biomed Res Int 2018; 2018:9519204BR
- CONCLUSIONS: The middle ear pressure changes detected in vivo during BET can be attributed to the balloon inflation. Further human studies with patients affected by OETD are necessary to gain more insight into the mechanism of action of BET to clarify a possible pressure related second mechanism of action of BET.
- Cartilaginous Eustachian tube length and carotid canal dehiscence in children: a radiological study. [Journal Article]Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol 2018; 275(11):2675-2682EA
- CONCLUSIONS: Carotid canal dehiscence in children has a low prevalence. Variation in the length of the cartilaginous Eustachian tube is low but is correlated with age. More research is required to define the indications, safety, efficacy and technical aspects of BET in children.
- Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation: Emerging Practice Patterns for a Novel Procedure. [Journal Article]Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 2018; 127(11):848-855AO
- CONCLUSIONS: Eustachian tube balloon dilation is a novel technique for the treatment of chronic ETD, and its role continues to evolve and develop. Current practice patterns demonstrate wide variability in the assessment of ETD, heterogeneity in the timing of ETBD, and controversy in preoperative CT screening.
- Histopathology of the Mucosa of Eustachian Tube Orifice at the Middle Ear in Chronic Otitis Media With Effusion: Possible Insight Into Tuboplasty Failure. [Journal Article]Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 2018; 127(11):817-822AO
- CONCLUSIONS: In ears affected by OME, the mucosa of the Eustachian tubal orifice at the middle ear is most often severely thickened. Normal mucosa, mucosa with severe polypoid changes, or a complete fixed obstruction are possible but uncommon. The majority of specimens studied had sufficiently diseased mucosa to raise questions regarding whether thickened mucosa in the tubal orifice may act as a barrier to middle ear ventilation that would not be directly addressed by cartilaginous Eustachian tube balloon dilation.
- Balloon eustachian tuboplasty and the tragedy of the commons [Editorial]. [Editorial]Ear Nose Throat J 2018; 97(6):146EN
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- Effects of combination of balloon Eustachian tuboplasty with methylprednisolone irrigation on treatment of chronic otitis media with effusion in adults. [Journal Article]Am J Otolaryngol 2018 Nov - Dec; 39(6):670-675AJ
- CONCLUSIONS: Methylprednisolone irrigation could help to recover mucosal function. BET and tympanic paracentesis with methylprednisolone irrigation could be regarded as a good choice for COME in adults, which has less recurrence rate and prompt recovery of ET function.