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The effectiveness of topical treatment in discharging ears with in-dwelling ventilation tubes.

Author(s): Strachan D, Clarke SE, England RJ

Affiliation(s): York District Hospital, Bradford Royal Infirmary, ENT Department, United Kingdom.

Publication date & source: 2000, Rev Laryngol Otol Rhinol (Bord)., 121(1):27-9.

Publication type: Clinical Trial; Randomized Controlled Trial

The efficacy and tolerability of topical treatment (both drops and spray) in the treatment of otorrhoea in those ears with ventilation tubes in-situ was studied. Sixty patients were randomised into two treatment groups. One group used an antibacterial/anti-inflammatory ear drop preparation (Otosporin) and the other group a similar preparation administered as an ear spray (Otomize). A 'blind' clinical assessment was made one and three weeks after commencing treatment. Both treatments (drops and spray) significantly improved patients' symptoms and signs after one week (p < 0.001). The spray was significantly easier to administer (p < 0.01) and caused less discomfort on application (p < 0.02).

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