Issue N# 1 - 2000
The effectiveness of topical treatment in discharging ears with in-dwelling ventilation tubes
Authors : D. Strachan, S. E. Clarke, R. J. A. England (Bradford)
Ref. : Rev Laryngol Otol Rhinol. 2000;121,1:27-29.
Article published in english
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(TM)) and the other group a similar preparation administered as an ear spray (Otomize(TM)). 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).