Tensor veli palatini electromyography for monitoring Eustachian tube rehabilitation in otitis media

Pasqualina Maria Picciotti, Giacomo Della Marca, Lucia D'Alatri, Daniela Lucidi, Mario Rigante, Emanuele Scarano

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Background: The pathogenesis of otitis media is related to Eustachian tube dysfunction. The tensor veli palatini muscle actively opens the Eustachian tube and promotes middle-ear ventilation. This study describes a technique for paratubal electromyography that uses a surface, non-invasive electrode able to record tensor veli palatini muscle activity during swallowing. Methods: Twenty otitis media patients and 10 healthy patients underwent tensor veli palatini electromyography. Activity of this muscle before and after Eustachian tube rehabilitation was also assessed. Results: In 78.5 per cent of patients, the electromyography duration phase and/or amplitude were reduced in the affected side. The muscle action potential was impaired in all patients who underwent Eustachian tube rehabilitation. Conclusion: This study confirmed that Eustachian tube muscle dysfunction has a role in otitis media pathogenesis and showed that muscle activity increases after Eustachian tube rehabilitation therapy.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)411-416
Numero di pagine6
RivistaJournal of Laryngology and Otology
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2017


  • Adult
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Deglutition
  • Electrodes
  • Electromyography
  • Eustachian Tube
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Middle Ear Ventilation
  • Monitoring, Physiologic
  • Otitis Media
  • Otorhinolaryngology2734 Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Rehabilitation
  • Tensor Tympani


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