• One hundred thirty-six children with otitis media with effusion of at least 2 months' duration were investigated in a strict, double-blind, randomized prospective study to evaluate the efficacy of oral steroids in the treatment of this disease. The results of our study showed a significant complete and partial recovery from otitis media with effusion in the group treated by a combination of antibiotics (amoxicillin) and oral steroids (prednisone), compared with an amoxicillin-treated group and a placebo-treated group. We believe that this treatment mostly benefits children aged 4 to 10 years without oversized adenoids. The findings of our study imply that a combined course of antibiotics and oral steroids deserves its place as a routine conservative trial before surgery.
(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1990;116:1404-1406)
Podoshin L, Fradis M, Ben-David Y, Faraggi D. The Efficacy of Oral Steroids in the Treatment of Persistent Otitis Media With Effusion. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1990;116(12):1404-1406. doi:10.1001/archotol.1990.01870120050007