בשל "הגנת זכויות יוצרים" מובא להלן קישור לתקציר המאמר. לקריאתו בטקסט מלא, אנא פנה/י לספרייה הרפואית הזמינה לך.
The pathophysiology of eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD) remains poorly characterized, and it may result in significant patient morbidity.
A recent study has identified a collection of previously unidentified salivary glands in the nasopharynx that overlay the torus tubarius.
While salivary gland tissue has been described in the nasopharynx, the newly discovered salivary gland tissue has been denoted tubarial glands (TGs) and theorized to be a distinct organ.
The TGs have been suggested to aid in lubrication of the oropharynx and nasopharynx. However, the exact clinical significance of TGs is unknown.
Given the proximity of the TG to the eustachian tube, it is possible that the TGs may be related to the development of ETD.
Future studies of the TGs and related pathophysiology may improve approaches to developing future ETD treatments.