Chlorobutanol, Potassium Carbonate, and Irrigation in Cerumen Removal

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by:
Hospital Clinic of Barcelona
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00765635
First received: October 2, 2008
Last updated: NA
Last verified: October 2008
History: No changes posted
  Purpose

Accumulation of cerumen in the external ear canal is a common problem. The presence of cerumen not only interferes with the clinician's view of the tympanic membrane, but may also result in hearing loss and vertigo, and may predispose to ear infections.

Removal of cerumen is facilitated by the use of a variety of ceruminolytics, or wax solvents. The current study was designed to evaluate the ceruminolytic effects of a single, brief application of the two most frequently used products in the investigators area, containing chlorobutanol or potassium carbonate with or without irrigation in the primary care setting in a randomized, single-blind trial. To our knowledge, this is the first randomized study comparing ceruminolytics with chlorobutanol versus potassium carbonate.


Condition Intervention Phase
Ear Infection
Hearing Loss
Vertigo
Drug: drops intilation (Taponoto ® )
Drug: drops intilation (Otocerum®)
Drug: drops intilation (Placebo)
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Evaluation of Chlorobutanol, Potassium Carbonate, and Irrigation in Cerumen Removal

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Further study details as provided by Hospital Clinic of Barcelona:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • proportion of tympanic membranes that were completely visualized after cerumenolytic agents or saline, alone or with irrigation if needed [ Time Frame: 2008 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • adverse effects [ Time Frame: 2008 ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Enrollment: 90
Study Start Date: September 2008
Primary Completion Date: October 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 2
Taponoto ® (potassium carbonate 20 mg/1 ml, ethyl alcohol, glycerol 480, thymol 0.4; Teofarma Iberica S.A., Barcelona, Spain),
Drug: drops intilation (Taponoto ® )
four drops, unique doses
Placebo Comparator: 3
sterile saline solution (NaCl 0.9%, Braun Medical SA, Barcelona, Spain).
Drug: drops intilation (Placebo)
Placebo
Experimental: 1: Chlorobutanol
ceruminolytic product, Otocerum® (Chlorobutanol 50 mg/1 ml, phenol 10 mg/1 ml, turpentine essence 0.15 ml/1 ml, ethyl alcohol; Reig Jofre laboratories, Barcelona, Spain),
Drug: drops intilation (Otocerum®)
four drops, unique doses

Detailed Description:

INTERVENTIONS: Subjects were randomly assigned to one of three different treatments: Otocerum®; Taponoto ®, and a control group with sterile saline solution (NaCl 0.9%, Braun Medical SA, Barcelona, Spain). The test medication was instilled into an occluded ear for 15 minutes. Following this treatment, the subject's ear was irrigated with 50 mL of water. The main outcome was the proportion of tympanic membranes that were completely visualized after cerumenolytic agents or saline, alone or with irrigation if needed.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Clinical diagnosis of ear cerumen

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Infection
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00765635

Locations
Spain
Hospital Clinic
Barcelona, Spain, 08036
Sponsors and Collaborators
Hospital Clinic of Barcelona
  More Information

Publications:
Responsible Party: Miguel Caballero / ENT specialist, Hospital clinic of Barcelona
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00765635     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CLO2008/4503
Study First Received: October 2, 2008
Last Updated: October 2, 2008
Health Authority: Spain: Ministry of Health

Keywords provided by Hospital Clinic of Barcelona:
complete occlusion of the ear canal due to cerumen

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Hearing Loss
Deafness
Vertigo
Otitis
Hearing Disorders
Ear Diseases
Otorhinolaryngologic Diseases
Sensation Disorders
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms
Vestibular Diseases
Labyrinth Diseases

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