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Thread: Eustachia: device for opening eustachian tubes

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffrey View Post
    "If they can put a stent in an artery to hold it open, how come they can't put one in the eustachian tubes to keep them OPEN, come to think of it."

    that's been my thought exactly. It may be hard to reach eustachian tubes though.
    A stent in an artery has blood pumping through it and the person usually takes an agent to reduce the risk of clotting to prevent blockage. It is a very different situation.
    Carol

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    ^^^ OK, got it!

    It looks like there may be some research on other options used to open the e-tubes, and keep them open (per posts on previous page). I'm guessing this would be a question for an ENT specialist? Hope springs eternal!
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    Thanks for sharing that link! I will take time to read the article and try to gain a better understanding of the e-tube condition. It's incredible that this research was published in 2016, and that the surgical techniques used (3mm balloon vs 7mm balloon) vary so much. Still, about 1 in 3 who got the procedure seemed to benefit ... It seems that the balloon technique may be a better option than tube placement in the e-tubes, as the latter involves likely multiple replacements, with all the risks that come with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MDB View Post
    A quick google search reveals that they are experimenting with stents in the eustachian tube.They're also experimenting with dilating the eustachian tube. Here's a good, albeit long article on it and some generic discussion of treating eustachain tube dysfunction. As far as I know, it's still experimental. If this is really a life altering conditiong, consider trying to enter a clinical trial. Follow up with your ENT. Have they documented fluid behind the eardrum? Have you ever had tubes placed through your eardrum? If you're not happy with what your ENT tells you, ask for a second opinion. By the way, dilating or putting a stent into the eustachian tube is not a risk free procedure. It's right next to the carotid artery and a ruptured carotid artery would be catastrophic.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4751715/
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