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Evolution of eustachian tube surgery§

Authors

  • Edward D. McCoul MD, MPH,

  • Frank E. Lucente MD, FACS,

    1. Department of Otorhinolaryngology , Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, New York, U.S.A.
    2. Department of Otolaryngology , State University of New York—Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
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  • Vijay K. Anand MD, FACS

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Otorhinolaryngology , Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, New York, U.S.A.
    • Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Weill Cornell Medical Center, 772 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10021
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  • Submitted for presentation at the Triological Society Annual Meeting at COSM, April 20 to May 2, 2011, Chicago, Illinois.

  • The authors have no financial disclosures for this article.

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    The author have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Abstract

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

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