Title:
The effect of paper patching on aural fullness of unknown aetiology
Authors:
The effect of paper patching on aural fullness of unknown aetiology
Institutions:
M. Boedts AZ Maria Middelares, Gent, Belgium
Keywords:
Tympanic membrane; tensor tympani; temporomandibular joint dysfunction syndrome; earache; ear fullness
Pages:
249 - 256
Abstract:
The effect of paper patching on aural fullness of unknown aetiology. Objective: To assess the effect of paper patching on aural fullness. Methodology: We conducted a prospective, single-blind, placebo-controlled study using urn randomization. Twenty- two patients presenting with the complaint of aural fullness, without middle-ear pathology, were recruited from a secondary referral centre. The tested intervention was the application of paper patches on specified areas of the tympanic membrane. The main outcome measure was the change in subjective symptoms▯ of average aural fullness and peak aural fullness, based on differences between pre- and post-intervention measurements on a scale from 0 to 10. Results: Paper patching led to significant improvement in subjective symptom scores. In the treatment group, the change in average aural fullness was −2.00 (SD 2.00, p = 0.006), and the change in peak fullness was −1.77 (SD 2.49, p = 0.01). In the placebo group, these values were −0.13 (SD 1.55, p = 0.72) and +0.33 (SD 1.10, p = 0.37), respectively. No major adverse effects were reported. Conclusion: After one week of treatment, paper patching showed a beneficial effect on aural fullness of vague or unknown aetiology.
Issue:
Vol. 12, 2016, 4th trimester


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The effect of paper patching on aural fullness of unknown aetiology