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Fluid and discomfort behind L ear post balloon sinuplasty
TxHorns98 posted:
I had an in-office balloon sinuplasty 11 days ago. Virtualloy no pain during or after. However, starting 2 days ago, have felt a fluttering sensastion in L ear that i can actually hear. Plus, it seems like i have pressure and/or fluid on that side. No pain but I'm worried it will turn into something more. I had my post-op appt 3 days ago and doctor thought everythign looked great. Completed the 10 day course of antibiotics as well. Is this common to happen because of the inflammation? I had no swelling on my left nostril post op, but lots of swelling on my right sinus sides. Have been doing at least 3 nasal rinses daily along with saline nasal spray.
Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
Is a fluttering ear common after this procedure? No, it is not, but since the ear is connected to the pharynx (throat) via the Eustachian tubes, there may be an association. Middle ear fluid (effusion), changes in middle ear pressure because the Eustachian tube is not functioning properly, or even a spasm of the muscles that cannot those tiny, middle ear bones can cause fluttering.

Things in the ear can certainly change from the time you had a post-op examination, so you may need to have another hands-on examination if this does not spontaneously resolve.

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