Nasal Balloons Help Treat ‘Glue Ear’ in Children


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http://www.medpagetoday.com/Surgery/Otolaryngology/52812

For the many children who sometimes suffer from otitis media with effusion (OME), also known as “glue ear,” autoinflation using nasal balloons might be the first evidence-based, non-surgical treatment option, an open-label study indicated.

Among 320 children ages 4 to 11 with OME randomized to treatment with nasally inflatedOtovent balloons three times daily plus usual care, or to usual care alone, 49.6% of the balloon-treated group had improvements in their tympanograms after 3 months, compared with 38.3% of the control group (adjusted relative risk 1.37, 95% CI 1.03-1.83), according to Ian Williamson, MD, of the University of Southampton in England, and colleagues.

There was also a strong but nonsignificant trend toward improvement at 1 month (adjusted RR 1.36, 95% CI 0.99-1.88), Williamson and colleaguesreported online in CMAJ on July 27.

The balloon procedure is intended to reduce the middle-ear effusion. The child inserts the $15 balloon’s…

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