[Balloon Eustachian tuboplasty for the treatment of Eustachian tube dysfunction - German short version and update of the correspondent EUnetHTA assessment]

Ludwig Boltzmann Institut fuer Health Technology Assessment (LBI-HTA)
Record ID 32016000492
Authors' objectives: Balloon Eustachian Tuboplasty (BET) is a minimally invasive treatment option for patients with chronic tube dysfunction which involves passing a balloon catheter into the Eustachian tube (ET). By temporarily dilating the ET with the balloon, its clearance and ventilator function is to be re-established and symptoms of chronic tube dysfunction are to be improved. Potential consequences of chronic tube dysfunction are acute or chronic otitis media, damage to the middle ear and eardrum and hearing loss. Tube dysfunction has a prevalence of approx. 1% in adults. Currently, there are 2 CE marked products on the market for BET: the Bielefelder Ballonkatheter/TubaVent® produced by Spiggle & Theis and the AERATM produced by Acclarent Inc./Johnson & Johnson. This report, which is based on a EUnetHTA assessment published in February 2015, aims to compare the effectiveness and safety of BET in patients aged >12 years with tympanostomy and medication.
Authors' recommendations: Due to a lack of comparative data, no definite conclusions can be drawn as to whether BET is effective and safe in the treatment of Eustachian tube dysfunction.
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2015
URL for published report: http://eprints.hta.lbg.ac.at/1073
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Austria
MeSH Terms
  • Dilatation
  • Ear Diseases
  • Eustachian Tube
Organisation Name: Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Health Technology Assessment
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