Fluoroscopic Balloon Dilation Using a Flexible Guide Wire to Treat Obstructive Eustachian Tube Dysfunction

Ho Young Song, Hong Ju Park, Woo Seok Kang, Kun Yung Kim, Jung Hoon Park, Sung Hwan Yoon, Jae Yong Jeon

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Purpose: To prospectively evaluate the midterm outcomes of fluoroscopic eustachian tube (E-tube) balloon dilation by using a flexible guide wire in patients with obstructive E-tube dysfunction. Materials and Methods: From October 2016 to September 2017, adult outpatients with persistent otitis media who were unable to perform the Valsalva maneuver were prospectively enrolled. The analysis included 32 E-tubes from 31 patients (18 women, 13 men; mean age, 47 years old, range 25–72 years). Participants underwent fluoroscopic E-tube balloon dilation with a 0.035-inch flexible guide wire and a 6- × 20-mm balloon catheter. Clinical examinations to check for the ability to perform the Valsalva maneuver and otomicroscopy were conducted at 1 week and then at 1, 3, 12, and 18 months after the procedure. Results: Balloon dilation was technically successful in all E-tubes. The mean time required for the procedure was 6.9 minutes (range, 5.8–10.3 minutes). The Valsalva maneuver was successful in opening 25 of 32 E-tubes (78.1%) at 3 months after balloon dilation. During the median follow-up of 15.9 months, failure of the Valsalva maneuver occurred in 4 of 25 improved E-tubes (16%), yielding a 2-year patency rate of 84%. Conclusions: The fluoroscopic balloon dilation results were encouraging, and using a flexible guide wire for E-tube balloon dilation did not cause a false passage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1562-1566
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2019
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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