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Article
October 1969

Surface Irradiation of the Eustachian Tube

Author Affiliations

Freiburg, Germany
From the Department of Otolaryngology, University of Freiburg, West Germany.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1969;90(4):406-409. doi:10.1001/archotol.1969.00770030408002
Abstract

IRRADIATION of the eustachian tube with radioactive isotopes has become an accepted treatment for certain diseases of this area. We reached this conclusion after experience with this method in our clinic for 16 years. In 19571 we gave a brief report on it and in 19612 we reported in greater detail. Twenty years ago there were numerous arguments for and against irradiation of the epipharynx and the auditory tubes but the few recent publications3-6 all indicate favorable results.

Both good sound conduction and successful tympanoplasty require normal function of the auditory tubes as a fundamental condition.

There are several reasons for impaired tubal function: (1) Acute or chronic inflammations of the eustachian tube in which allergy plays an important part. (2) Obliteration of the mucosa or by bone. Only when the maneuver of Politzer, tube catheter, shortwave diathermy, and adenoidectomy have failed should irradiation be begun.

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