Patulous Eustachian Tube

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Patulous Eustachian Tube

Patulous eustachian tube is a benign condition in which the eustachian tube stays open most of the time. The eustachian tube is the tube that runs between the middle ear and throat and regulates the ear pressure around the ear drum.  Under normal circumstances, it remains closed most of the time, opening only on occasion to equalize air pressure between the middle ear and the exterior environment. Major symptoms include distorted autophony (hearing one's own voice or breathing), echoing which may interfere with speech production, wave-like sounds, and a sensation of fullness in the ear. In severe cases, vertigo and hearing loss may occur. Over time, individuals with patulous eustachian tube may develop serious and even extreme responses to the abnormal sounds and other findings. In most cases, the cause of patulous eustachian tube is unknown. Weight loss and pregnancy may be predisposing factors. Neurologic disorders that cause muscle atrophy such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, and motor neuron disease have been implicated in some cases of patulous eustachian tube. Other cases may be associated with medications such as oral contraceptives or diuretics. Other predisposing factors include fatigue, stress, anxiety, exercise, and temporomandibular joint syndrome.
 

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The terms "Patulous Eustachian Tube" returned 6 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Images in clinical medicine. Patulous eustachian tube causing hypermobile eardrums.
 

Author(s): Chao-Yin Kuo, Chih-Hung Wang

Journal: N. Engl. J. Med.. 2014 Dec;371(25):e37.

 

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Uncommon aetiology for autophony: patulous eustachian tube.
 

Author(s): Martín Marcano Acuña, José Dalmau Galofre, Ramón Balaguer García, Gabriela Agostini Porras

Journal: Acta Otorrinolaringol Esp. ;64(3):237-9.

 

We report the case of a patient with autophony diagnosed with a patulous Eustachian tube. The patient was treated according to the technique described by Bluestone and Cantekin, inserting an indwelling catheter into the tube. Good results were obtained after one year of monitoring.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Masked patulous Eustachian tube: an important diagnostic precaution before middle ear surgery.
 

Author(s): Toshimitsu Kobayashi, Jun Hasegawa, Toshiaki Kikuchi, Takahiro Suzuki, Takeshi Oshima, Tetsuaki Kawase

Journal: Tohoku J. Exp. Med.. 2009 Aug;218(4):317-24.

 

The Eustachian tube is normally closed, but it opens upon swallowing for only less than one second to equalize the middle ear pressure with the atmospheric pressure, and immediately closes again. Patients with patulous Eustachian tube (PET) suffer from annoying symptoms, such as aural ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The terms "Patulous Eustachian Tube" returned 1 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Surgical management of Patulous Eustachian tube: A systematic review.
 

Author(s): Ahmed A Hussein, Austin S Adams, Justin H Turner

Journal: Laryngoscope. 2015 Sep;125(9):2193-8.

 

Patulous Eustachian tube (PET) is a challenging clinical problem with limited medical and surgical options. The current study systematically reviews the literature to determine the safety and efficacy of surgical treatments for PET.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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