Ostmann fat pad

Dr Jeremy Jones and A.Prof Frank Gaillard et al.

The Ostmann fat pads (also somewhat lewdly known as Ostmann fatty bodies) are located inferomedial to the Eustachian tubes and is thought to be important in normal closure, preventing transmission of nasopharyngeal pressure to the middle ear. Failure to visualize this thin triangular fat pad is a feature of patulous tube syndrome.


Named after Paul Ostmann, German otologist (1859 - ?).

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rID: 1804
System: Head & Neck
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Ostmann's fat pad

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