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

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York District Hospital, Bradford Royal Infirmary, ENT Department, United Kingdom.


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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