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.