Hee-Young Kim, MD, PhD is an Otolaryngologist in Soul, Korea.
Simon R. Downes, What could be the cause of dizziness?
There are many conditions which may cause vertigo, but obstruction of the Eustachian tube is one of the most obvious, and also the most easily corrected.
The Eustachian tube allows for the equalization of pressure on each side of the eardrum. It is a narrow passage that leads from the pharynx to the cavity of the middle ear.
How would you diagnose this?
Eustachian tube obstruction (ETO) is one of the principal causes of ‘hearing loss’ and/or ‘ear fullness’ and/or ‘dizziness (vertigo) and/or ‘tinnitus’ and/or ‘headache (migraine, including otalgia)’. This has been recognized by many well-respected senior doctors for a long time.
Every patient with symptoms of dizziness and/or nausea, and/or vomiting, and/or perspiration should be subjected to the therapeutic test of inflation of the Eustachian tubes as the first step in a thorough clinical investigation.
For the diagnosis and treatment of patients, regardless of whether they are in an emergency room or outpatient clinic, a wide variety of symptoms, and their mutual connections must be considered. For example, it should be considered that dizziness could be originating from Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR), GERD or ETO.
Why would you use Eustachian tube catheterization?
‘Eustachian tube catheterization’ may be of both diagnostic and therapeutic value. It is one of the most fundamental techniques for an otolaryngologist. This procedure is more than a century old and was earlier routinely done to check the patency of the Eustachian tube.
My own experience over twenty years of medical treatment has shown
that most cases of dizziness have both Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) and Eustachian tube obstruction (ETO) at the same time.
Where is your clinic?
My private clinic is in Seoul, Republic of Korea.
Web page: www.dr-kiment.co.kr
Thank you, Dr. Kim.