By John L. Dornhoffer

This e-book, written by way of foreign specialists, is a close consultant to the Eustachian tube, with emphasis on these features of such a lot relevance to the practitioner. the hole chapters record the medical anatomy and supply crucial details on body structure, with rationalization of the hot version of tubal mechanics. analysis and remedy for the patulous Eustachian tube are then mentioned, putting targeted emphasis on a unique conservative therapy routine that has confirmed to be a step forward for sufferers with this medical syndrome. another huge bankruptcy examines total functionality of the Eustachian tube, basically from the center ear surgeon’s perspective. Tuboplasty systems, together with laser tuboplasty, and tympanoplasty are defined, and the results of other center ear pathologies for surgical procedure are defined. The formerly unpublished remedy tools which are defined during this ebook could be precious in making sure the absolute best medical outcomes.

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9). One goal of such an occlusal splint is to strengthen the ipsilateral medial pterygoid muscle by contralateral relief. 3 Eustachian Tube-Specific Physiotherapy The physiotherapist must consider the cervical and masticatory muscles, including the floor of the mouth, as a biomechanical unit. All these muscles are connected like a chain, either by direct contact or by common structures for insertion, such as the hyoid bone and the palatine aponeurosis [118, 160]. Special interest is given to the basic tension and to the function of the cervical and masticatory muscles by inspection and by palpation.

The dental evaluation also examines the occlusion, the mobility of the mandible with maximum mouth opening and maximum protrusion, laterotrusion and retrusion, the observation of noise and pain in the temporomandibular joints, active and passive muscle characteristics such as thickness, force and inhomogeneities (masseter, anterior/medial/posterior temporal, 36 3 Pathophysiology of the Eustachian Tube: The Patulous Eustachian Tube Fig. ). The physical examination by the dentist is needed for the planning of physiotherapy and for the support of the physiotherapy by individual splints (Fig.

Patients acknowledged their own contributions with respect to their therapy. Pearls • The patulous Eustachian tube (pET) is the result of an impaired protection function. • The pET is confirmed by medical history. • A passive Eustachian tube without an active muscular coordination should be absolutely avoided. • The tensor veli palatini muscle and the medial pterygoid muscle have a common phylogenetic task. • Aim of physiotherapy is the dynamic stabilization of hypo- or hyperfunctional craniomandibular and cervical muscles.

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