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Balloon Dilation Eustachian Tuboplasty: A Feasibility Study

Ockermann, Thorsten*; Reineke, Ulf*; Upile, Tahwinder; Ebmeyer, Jörg*; Sudhoff, Holger H.*

doi: 10.1097/MAO.0b013e3181e8cc6d
Middle Ear and Mastoid Disease

Objective: To assess the feasibility and safety of balloon dilation Eustachian tuboplasty (BET) as an option for treatment of patients with Eustachian tube dysfunction.

Patients and Interventions: A cadaveric study of 5 temporal human bones was performed. Each bone underwent transnasal balloon dilation Eustachian tuboplasty (BET) with computed tomography and post-dilation histology. The procedure involved the dilation of the cartilaginous and bony portion of the Eustachian tube with a balloon catheter.

Results: BET is technically easy to perform. No damage to essential structures, particularly the carotid canal, was found.

Conclusion: This newly introduced method seems to be a feasible and safe procedure to dilate the Eustachian tube.

*Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Bielefeld Academic Teaching Hospital, Bielefeld, Germany; and †Visiting Fellow from Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Chase Farm and Barnet Hospitals, London, U.K.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Holger H. Sudhoff, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Bielefeld Academic Teaching Hospital, Affiliated to Bielefeld and Münster University, Teutoburger Str. 50, 33604 Bielefeld, Germany; E-mail:

The authors declare no financial interest and no conflict of interest.

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