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Aural fullness and transtympanic ventilation tubes in Ménière's disease: a scoping review

Sevilla, Christian; Goody, Jack; Baguley, David M.; Kasbekar, Anand V.


Christian Sevilla

Jack Goody

Anand V. Kasbekar


Background: Ménière’s Disease (MD) often presents with aural fullness, for reasons that are currently not well understood. Insertion of transtympanic ventilation tubes (VTs) has been historically used for the management of this symptom, though the nature and mechanism of effectiveness is unclear.
Objectives: To give an overview of the data available on the effects of VT insertion on aural fullness in MD.
Methods: The databases PubMed, EMBASE, Medline, SCOPUS, Web of Science, CENTRAL and Google Scholar were searched to identify relevant records. Records were subsequently analysed and data extracted.
Results: Only two studies directly measured the effect of VT insertion on aural fullness, while three others measured it as a placebo to another treatment. Considerable heterogeneity was found among the studies, including conflicting conclusions.
Conclusions: There is a paucity of evidence investigating the effect of grommet insertion on aural fullness in MD. This work directs future research into this topic.


Sevilla, C., Goody, J., Baguley, D. M., & Kasbekar, A. V. (2019). Aural fullness and transtympanic ventilation tubes in Ménière's disease: a scoping review. Journal of Laryngology and Otology, 133(6), 450-456.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 22, 2019
Online Publication Date Jun 7, 2019
Publication Date 2019-06
Deposit Date Jan 24, 2019
Publicly Available Date Dec 8, 2019
Journal The Journal of Laryngology & Otology
Print ISSN 0022-2151
Electronic ISSN 1748-5460
Publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 133
Issue 6
Pages 450-456
Keywords Otorhinolaryngology; General Medicine
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