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Title: What is the best treatment for impacted cerumen?
Author: Wilson, Stephen A.; Scoville, Caryn
Keywords: olive oil
cerumen removal
manual disimpaction
docusate sodium
Date: 2002-02
Publisher: Family Physicians Inquiries Network
Citation: Journal of Family Practice, 51(2) 2002: 117.
Abstract: Docusate sodium given 15 minutes before irrigation is most effective for facilitating cerumen removal during a single office visit. (Grade of recommendation: B, based on head-to-head trials that lacked irrigationonly arms.) Treatment with 5% urea hydrogen peroxide in glycerol is most effective for facilitating cerumen removal between office visits, reducing the amount of irrigation needed. (Grade of recommendation: B-, based on lack of rigorous randomization, lack of definition of cerumen impaction, and only one placebo-controlled trial.) No trials recommending one strategy over another exist.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10355/2881

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