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Methods and devices for providing a gas pathway between the nasopharynx and the Eustachian tube are provided. One device may include a lumen with a valve. A portion of the valve may be tethered to adjacent muscle. Another portion of the valve may be tethered to adjacent cartilage. When the muscle contracts the valve may open through movement of the tethers, and provide a gas pathway between the nasopharynx and the Eustachian tube.

Title
System and method for treatment of non-ventilating middle ear by providing a gas pathway through the nasopharynx
Application Number
12/730492
Publication Number
8435290 (B2)
Application Date
March 24, 2010
Publication Date
May 7, 2013
Inventor
Joseph Roberson
Palo Alto
CA, US
William E Bolger
Bethesda
MD, US
Ketan P Muni
San Jose
CA, US
Julia D Vrany
Los Altos
CA, US
Eric Goldfarb
Belmont
CA, US
Earl A Bright II
Los Altos
CA, US
John H Morriss
San Francisco
CA, US
John Y Chang
Mountain View
CA, US
Joshua Makower
Los Altos
CA, US
Anton G Clifford
Mountain View
CA, US
Agent
Frost Brown Todd
Assignee
Acclarent
CA, US
IPC
A61F 2/18
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