Submitted for presentation at the Triological Society Annual Meeting at COSM, April 20 to May 2, 2011, Chicago, Illinois.
Article first published online: 8 FEB 2011
Copyright © 2011 The American Laryngological, Rhinological, and Otological Society, Inc., Rhinological, and Otological Society, Inc.
Volume 121, Issue 3, pages 661–666, March 2011
How to Cite
McCoul, E. D., Lucente, F. E. and Anand, V. K. (2011), Evolution of eustachian tube surgery. The Laryngoscope, 121: 661–666. doi: 10.1002/lary.21453
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The author have no conflicts of interest to disclose.
- Issue published online: 18 FEB 2011
- Article first published online: 8 FEB 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 28 OCT 2010
- Manuscript Received: 30 SEP 2010
Eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD) is a common condition that lacks a widely accepted treatment. Attempts to address ETD surgically have spanned several centuries and have often fallen short of success. It is probable that occult anatomic position, unclear function, and misunderstood physiology have contributed to the delayed development of effective interventions for ETD. This article traces the evolution of therapeutic interventions of the Eustachian tube through the present day. Reasons for success and failure are highlighted, with implications for the future of Eustachian tube surgery. Laryngoscope, 2011