Patulous Eustachian tube obliteration using endovascular coils: A novel technique (2018)

Type of publication:
Journal article

*Jolly K.; *Darr A.; Chavda S.V.; Ahmed S.K.

Journal of Laryngology and Otology; Jun 2018; vol. 132 (no. 6); p. 564-566

Background: Patulous Eustachian tube is a distressing condition characterised by chronic patency of the Eustachian tube and its failure to close. Patients typically present with symptoms of autophony and aural fullness. In patients requiring surgical intervention, a variety of different procedures have been demonstrated (both transtympanic and endonasal), with limited success. Evidence of the effectiveness of a number of surgical interventions is limited to small case series only.
Objective(s): This paper describes a novel treatment for patulous Eustachian tube using a 3 mm VortX Diamond endovascular coil. Case report: A transnasal endoscopic approach was adopted, with cannulation of the Eustachian tube orifice using a Relieva sinus guide suction tube from a balloon sinuplasty set. The coil was deployed 1.5 cm deep into the Eustachian tube. Post-operative imaging was used to confirm correct positioning. Regular follow up was arranged. The patient reported complete resolution of her symptoms.
Conclusion(s): The technique has so far proved highly effective and minimally invasive. It will be employed in more patients to fully establish its effectiveness in treating patulous Eustachian tube.