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Eustachian Tube Patency


Eustachian tube is a tube that is 3-4 cm long and runs from the nasal cavity to the behind the eardrum. Eustachian tube patency is a condition defines that how much Eustachian tube is constantly open. The tube helps in controlling the pressure behind the middle ear space and the eardrum. Patulous eustachian tube is the alternative name of the condition.

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In most of the cases, the cause of the condition remains unclear. However, it has been observe that there are some conditions that directly or indirectly result in the condition.  Those conditions are excessive weight loss, loss of fat tissue present around the canal, etc. Ear infections, radiation therapy and Down syndrome are some reasons that may result in blocking the Eustachian tube.

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Signs & Symptoms

Sensation of the ear, inability to control the speech volume, etc is some of the symptoms of the condition. Other common complaints of the affected persons are that their speech has such echo quality that it seems like they are speaking via a barrel. Symptoms often get worse with the arrival of evening. It is because of the fact that when a person lies down the mucous membrane gets swell resulting in closure (partial) of the ear canal

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As there is no specific cause of the condition, hence it is difficult to prevent it.  

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Nasal Steroid Spray Modern Medicine

Although, there is no definite treatment of the condition, nasal steroid sprays help in improving the condition. In some cases, people get relief by inserting the ear tube in the eardrum. In severe cases, injections of Teflon are given. And in very few cases, the Eustachian tube is removed surgically.

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