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Ann Clin Neurophysiol > Volume 12(2); 2010 > Article
Ann Clin Neurophysiol. 2010; 12(2): 70-72.
A Case of Patulous Eustachian Tube Associated with Kennedy Disease
Nam-Hee Kim, and Chang Gun Cho
Copyright © 2010 The Korean Society of Clinical Neurophysiology
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ABSTRACT
We report a 53-year-old male having Kennedy disease who complained of severe bilateral tinnitus and autophony. He wasdiagnosed as patulous Eustachian tube based on the observation of fluttering motion of the tympanic membrane associatedwith respiration, which is presumed to occur secondary to bulbar weakness. The patulous Eustachian tube affected the managementof his respiratory problem by impairing his ability to tolerate BiPAP. We report this rare condition with a literaturereview.
Key words: Kennedy disease, Spinobulbar muscular atrophy, Eustachian tube
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