OBJECTIVE: This study was conducted with the objective to find out whether suction cleaning
of the external auditory canal in cases of otomycosisis helpful or not.
STUDY DESIGN: Prospective, randomized comparative study
PLACE AND DURATION OF STUDY: This multi-center study conducted at the departments of
ENT, head & neck surgery of Liaquat University Hospital, Hyderabad, Sheikh Zayed Hospital,
Rahim Yar Khan and Zubaida Medical Centre, Karachi. The study was conducted from March
2013 to February 2014 for a period of one year.
PATIENT AND METHODS: A total of 200 patients were included in this study. These patients
were serially divided into two groups A and B. Both groups received topical antifungal solution
of 1% clotrimazole, 3 to 4 drops three time per day..In group A at the time of first consultation
suction cleaning of the fungal debris was also done while in group B only above mentioned
treatment was given without suction cleaning of the external auditory canal. All these patients
were followed up regularly till the complete resolution of the disease.
RESULTS: The minimum time duration for group A was 5 days and for group B was 9 days. The
maximum time duration for group A was 18 days while for group B was 23 days. The mean time
duration for complete resolution in group A was 9.6 days while in group B was 15.2 days
KEY WORDS: Otomycosis, fungal infection, aspergilosis, otitis externa.