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January 1979

The Abnormally Patent Eustachian Tube: Alterations in Psychological Status Resulting From Polytef Paste Injections

Author Affiliations

From the Ear Research Institute of Los Angeles, and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles (Drs Crary and Wexler).

Arch Otolaryngol. 1979;105(1):21-23. doi:10.1001/archotol.1979.00790130025006

• Several authors have noted that patients with an abnormally patent Eustachian tube (APET) seem to be psychologically disturbed. We investigated the psychological status of these patients before and after treatment with polytef paste (Teflon) injections. Twelve women were evaluated by a series of tests designed to catalog the nature and intensity of the symptoms, the degree to which symptoms affected the patient, psychopathological trends, and an assessment by the patients of improvement. Results prior to treatment indicated that the patients' symptoms were quite disturbing and were moderately disabling; such symptoms affected concentration, and a marked decrease in the enjoyment of life was noted. After treatment, a notable decrease in APET symptoms was reported, with a parallel decline in emotional disturbances. Patients felt less depressed, anxious, and angry, and they reported that the quality of life was much improved. These findings indicate that physical symptoms can have profound effects on emotional status. In such cases, the most effective psychological treatment is control of physical symptoms rather than psychiatric referral.

(Arch Otolaryngol 105:21-23, 1979)

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