TubaClean® – minimally invasive, safe and fast

Probing and flushing catheter for the Tuba Eustachii


Chronic ventilation problems may result in retraction, cholesteatoma, or not-healing eardrum defects. Particularly in children, tympanic effusion, often with a mucous discharge (so-called “glue ear“), may also occur. As many users of balloon dilation have described, such viscous secretion is frequently found within the Tuba Eustachii as well. In analogy, this is referred to using the term “glue tube“.

The TubaClean® catheter was developed in order to be able to probe and flush the tube also in the course of middle ear surgery. The catheter can be used during various surgical interventions at the middle ear (tympanoplasty I to III or tympanoscopy) to probe the Eustachian tube for blockages or to flush it with a sterile liquid (e.g. sterile isotonic saline solution NaCl 0.9%).


Prof. Dr. med. Götz Lehnerdt, 
Head Physician of the ENT Clinic,
St. Anna Clinic, Wuppertal, Germany

This catheter gives us surgeons an option for probing and flushing the Tuba Eustachii in an atraumatic way from the middle ear during surgery.

Prof. Dr. G. Lehnerdt


  • Tuba Eustachii dysfunction
  • Mucous otitis media
  • Chronic mesotympanic otitis media with possible eardrum defects
  • Chronic epitympanic otitis media
    (possibly in connection with cholesteatoma development)
  • Detritus in the Eustachian tube e.g. after middle ear surgery


  • Checking the Tuba Eustachii for blockage from the situs of the ear
  • Removal of mucus from the tympanic membrane / middle ear
  • Improved ventilation enables quicker recovery
  • Cleaning after drilling work at the middle ear

Product brochure

You can find an exact overview of the components of the TubaClean® and other tools of the Tuba Eustachii application in our product brochure, which you can download here:

The probing and flushing catheter for the Tuba Eustachii in use:

Filmed at the ENT clinic of the St. Anna-Hospital Wuppertal, Germany, in 2016 under supervision of Prof. Dr. Götz Lehnerdt.

Quality characteristics of the TubaClean®

  • Probing and flushing catheter for the Tuba Eustachii, insertion length 200 mm, sterile, 10 units/box.
  • Atraumatic due to its shape; a rounded, olive-shaped tip prevents puncturing of the mucosa.
  • High stiffness when inserting the catheter due to an internal mandrel.
  • After removing the mandrel, there is high flexibility so that the catheter can be optimally pushed through the curves and isthmus of the Tuba Eustachii.
  • A Luer-Lock adapter allows easy and safe administration of liquids.
Art. Nr. 2080-1200006

Catheter application

  • 1) Localising the tympanal tubal ostium
  • 2) Insertion of the catheter with insertion forceps*
    (10-512-15) into the nasopharyngeal zone
  • 3) The catheter is advanced forward into the lumen of the Tuba Eustachii
  • 4) The catheter is advanced forward without resistance
  • 5) After advancing forward for about 10-15 mm (or when met slight resistance), the mandrel is removed to allow easier progress beyond the tubal isthmus
  • 6) The catheter is slowly retracted while at the same time flushing the tube

*Insertion forceps angled, longitudinal groove (15.5 cm)
Art. No.   10-512-15
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