Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Plugged Eustachian Tube Overview

What is a plugged eustachian tube?
A person with a plugged eustachian tube has a blockage in the air passageway between the middle ear and the back of the throat. This eustachian tube allows the air pressure in the middle ear to be equal to the air pressure outside the ear. A eustachian tube that remains plugged may lead to swelling, inflammation, or increased pressure in the middle ear.

What are the symptoms of a plugged eustachian tube?
Symptoms of a plugged eustachian tube include decreased hearing and mild ear pain. Additional symptoms may include dizziness or vertigo.

How does the doctor treat a plugged eustachian tube?
Treatment for a plugged eustachian tube includes decongestant medications and nasal sprays. Those with multiple episodes may require treatment with surgery to place tubes in the ears.

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Last Updated: Feb 11, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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