17 Sep, 08 | by Ian Wacogne
In a randomised trial comparing two different bacterial nasal spray infusions with placebo in 60 children who had longstanding secretory otitis media, 7 of 19 given Streptococcus sanguinis had clinical improvement. Here.
Now that is interesting, isn’t it? If I read this correctly, these were all patients on the verge of getting ventilation tubes. And more than a third of the patients given the Strep sanguinis nasal spray got better, obviating the need for a surgical procedure. The authors are unable to come up with a biological mechanism. And there are some complex stats in table 2 of the full text which to be honest I can’t follow fully. It is, however, a startling outcome. Obviously this is just a preliminary study – how many of them will get worse again, etc etc. But perhaps another role for probiotics. Incidentally, I’ve not yet read about any harm from antibiotics – except, of course, to the purse or wallet. Anyone?