TubaClean® – Probing and flushing catheter for the
Tuba Eustachii


The TubaClean® catheter was developed to probe and flush the Eustachian Tube 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 via tympanal side for blockages or to flush it with a sterile liquid.

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“.


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
  • Cleaning after drilling work at the middle ear


  • Checking the patency of the Tuba Eustachii from the tympanal tubal ostium
  • Removal of mucus from the Tuba Eustachii
  • Improved ventilation enables quicker recovery
  • Atraumatic tip

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 in use:


  • Insertion length 200 mm, sterile, 10 units / box
  • Atraumatic olive-shaped tip prevents injuries of the mucosa
  • A Luer-Lock adapter allows easy and safe administration of liquids
  • Art. No. 2080-1200006
Enough 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 isthmus of the Tuba Eustachii

Catheter application

  • 1) Localising the tympanal tubal ostium
  • 2) The catheter is advanced forward into the lumen of the Tuba Eustachii
  • 3) Insertion of the catheter with insertion forceps
  • 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 advanced forward into the nasopharyngeal zone
  • 7) 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
                                               Distal catheter portion (olive shape) in the nasopharynx