Patient satisfaction in the long-term effects of Eustachian tube balloon dilation is encouraging

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Luukkainen , V , Vnencak , M , Aarnisalo , A A , Jero , J & Sinkkonen , S T 2018 , ' Patient satisfaction in the long-term effects of Eustachian tube balloon dilation is encouraging ' , Acta Oto-Laryngologica , vol. 138 , no. 2 , pp. 122-127 . https://doi.org/10.1080/00016489.2017.1384568

Title: Patient satisfaction in the long-term effects of Eustachian tube balloon dilation is encouraging
Author: Luukkainen, Veera; Vnencak, Matej; Aarnisalo, Antti A.; Jero, Jussi; Sinkkonen, Saku T.
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Korva-, nenä- ja kurkkutautien klinikka
University of Helsinki, Korva-, nenä- ja kurkkutautien klinikka
University of Helsinki, Korva-, nenä- ja kurkkutautien klinikka
Date: 2018-02
Language: eng
Number of pages: 6
Belongs to series: Acta Oto-Laryngologica
ISSN: 0001-6489
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/313217
Abstract: Object: To investigate the long-term effects of balloon Eustachian tuboplasty (BET) from patient's perspective and to discover which symptoms of Eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD) benefit the most from BET. Method: We designed a retrospective postal questionnaire based on the seven-item ETD questionnaire (ETDQ-7). Our questionnaire covered the severity of present ETD symptoms in comparison with the preoperative situation, the severity of current overall ear symptoms, and possible surgical interventions after BET. Forty-six patients treated in our institution between 2011 and 2013 fulfilled the inclusion criteria and 74% (34 patients; total 52 ears treated with BET) returned the questionnaire with a mean follow-up time of 3.1 years (range 1.8-4.6 years). Results: Pain in the ears, feeling of pressure in the ears, and feeling that ears are clogged had reduced in 75% of the ears that suffered from these symptoms preoperatively. Seventy-seven percent of all the responders felt that their overall ear symptoms were reduced. Altogether, 82% of all the patients stated that they would undergo BET again if their ear symptoms returned to the preoperative level. Conclusion: Patient satisfaction in the long-term effects of BET is encouraging. These results may help clinicians in preoperative patient selection and counselling.
Subject: Eustachian tube dysfunction
balloon dilation
questionnaire
patient satisfaction
DIAGNOSTIC-TOOL
DYSFUNCTION
DILATATION
3125 Otorhinolaryngology, ophthalmology
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