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December 1951


Author Affiliations

Clinical Instructor of Otolaryngology, University of Oregon Medical School (Dr. Miller).

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1951;54(6):643-650. doi:10.1001/archotol.1951.03750120036006

THE CONDITION of patulous Eustachian tube, while not very common, is much more prevalent than is usually supposed. It is, in all probability, frequently overlooked and has seldom been discussed. In looking through a large number of the standard textbooks on otolaryngology one can find very few that even mention it. However, Bezold and Ballenger give a very good discussion of the condition and outline a treatment for it. Although there are hundreds of papers written on the obstructed Eustachian tube and its various forms of treatment, a survey of the literature back to 1929 reveals only four articles on the Eustachian tube that is patulous.

As a rule patients with this condition are far more disturbed by their symptoms than are those with obstructed Eustachian tubes. They may be extremely nervous and may give one a strong impression of psychoneurosis at first. The symptoms are very characteristic but are

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