Monday, October 22, 2012

Chronic Dysfunction Of The Eustachian Tube

Chronic Dysfunction of the
Eustachian Tube
This common condition can be very challenging to treat, particularly in patients with a lifelong history of ETD.  A properly functioning eustachian tube allows gas diffusion which equalizes middle-ear pressure with that of the environment.  An improperly functioning eustachian tube can result in negative middle-ear pressure.  Left untreated, this condition may lead to complaints of hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), otalgia (earache), vertigo (dizziness) with subsequent tympanic membrane atelectasis, fulminate cholesteaoma formation, and otitis media (swelling of the middle-ear).  ETD occurs when the tube fails to open properly or becomes blocked, preventing the flow of air into the middle-ear.  This is treated with decongestants and anti-inflammatories.  It can also result in having to have surgery to place tubes in the ears to relieve the pressure and open up the blocked tube.  Sometimes, over time, these can fall out and there is no problem.  Other times, they can stay for years and be very beneficial, other times, they are surgically removed.  If you are having any of the above symptoms, please see a specialist, an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) Specialist.  To keep it from causing hearing loss.  Stay Informed!

1 comment:

  1. I do understand this as family members have had ETD and one has had the problem over many years. Very good article. X