UAE. Following new international research led by Dr Muaaz Tarabichi, Head of ENT Department at American Hospital Dubai, a new clinical research report/article has been published by the prestigious Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America. Dr Tarabichi co-authored the article with Joao Flavio Nogueira, from Brazil, entitled ‘Functional Endoscopic Chronic Ear Surgery: A new horizon’.
The medical understanding of the Eustachian Tube – part of the anatomy of the middle ear – was refined by the research collaboration undertaken by an international committee of 15 ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) specialists from around the world. The article was published in the October 2016 issue of the publication and has established a new and common understanding of the Eustachian Tubes.
Patients are now set to benefit from a new understanding of the anatomy of the Eustachian Tube – a vital part of the middle ear. Dysfunction of the Eustachian Tube is the most common reason for patients visiting and seeking treatment at ENT departments worldwide.
The committee’s re-evaluation of the Eustachian Tube was made possible by the use of middle-ear endoscopes (an endoscope is a thin, illuminated tubular instrument used to look deep into the body in a procedure called an endoscopy) to create direct access to and viewing of the Eustachian Tube.
Dr. Tarabichi was the first ENT surgeon to perform Endoscopic Ear Surgery (EES), in 1992, and developed the procedure at American Hospital Dubai, which is acknowledged as the ‘birthplace’ of EES.
With the benefits of ear endoscopy, the committee was able to redefine the structure of the Eustachian Tube and develop a new understanding and a clearer and more distinct description of an area that is now increasingly accessible for surgical interventions. This new anatomical understanding is being reported across international ENT organisations and is being adopted as the official position on Eustachian Tubes.
Dr. Tarabichi comments: “We now have a new and common understanding of the anatomy and terminology used to describe the Eustachian Tube for the ENT community worldwide. With this greater understanding and access to the inner ear made possible by middle ear endoscopy, we will be in a better position to correct Eustachian Tube dysfunctions and so improve patient outcomes.”
ENT specialists from Australia, Brazil, Egypt, Germany, Italy and the US worked as part of the international committee alongside Dr Tarabichi, which took three months to complete the re-evaluation of the Eustachian Tube.
The Eustachian Tubes are a pair of narrow tubes that run from each middle ear to high in the back of the throat, behind the nasal passages. The throat end of the tubes open and close to regulate air pressure in the middle ear, refresh air in the ear, and drain normal secretions from the middle ear. Swelling, inflammation and mucus in the Eustachian Tubes from an upper respiratory infection or allergy can block them, causing the accumulation of fluids in the middle ear. A bacterial or viral infection of this fluid is usually what produces the symptoms of an ear infection.
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The American Hospital Dubai became the first hospital in the Middle East to be awarded JCI accreditation in May 2000 and has successfully maintained its accreditation six times (next accreditation in 2018). The Laboratory of the American Hospital Dubai was the first private lab in the Middle East to earn accreditation by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and was accredited for the eighth consecutive time in July 2015.
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Our Cancer program was first in Dubai to offer comprehensive one-stop services. Our Heart Center has added electrophysiology consultation to our list of state of the art services. OUr Orthopedics team is ready to serve a growing patient population in need of surgical and inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient physical therapy. Our Endocrinology services are expanding their services to address the need of diabetes and offers a multidisciplinary approach to thyroid disease management.
In addition, we are focusing on strategic initiatives with increased patient access through expanding our Clinic footprint, investment in acute stroke care, and integrative and personalized medicine.
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