Balloon dilatation of the Eustachian tube

NICE interventional procedures guidance [IPG409] Published date:

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The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) issued full guidance to the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on balloon dilatation of the Eustachian tube.

  • Description

    The Eustachian tube is a narrow tube that connects the middle ear with the back of the nose. If it is blocked, symptoms such as muffled hearing, pain, a feeling of fullness in the ear, tinnitus or dizziness may occur. In balloon dilatation of the Eustachian tube, a flexible tube with a small balloon is inserted into the Eustachian tube through the nose. The balloon is filled with saline (salt water) and left in place for a short time, with the aim of widening the Eustachian tube.

  • OPCS4.6 Code(s)


    D22.2 Intubation of eustachian canal

    Y76.6 Endonasal endoscopic approach to other body cavity

    Y40.3 Balloon dilation of organ NOC

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