Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Fishbein FellowIndividualAuthor
In Reply: Dr Rosenfeld raises several important
issues. As we reported, recurrences were more common in younger than in older
children. In the 3-way trial, mean rates of occurrence of episodes of AOM
during the first follow-up year in control children were 2.3 for those aged
3 and 4 years, 2.2 in those aged 5 and 6 years, and 1.3 in those aged 7 to
15 years. Corresponding rates in the 2-way trial in the 3 respective age groups
were 2.9, 2.1, and 1.9. Mean proportions of time with MEE in the first follow-up
year among control children in the 3 respective age groups in the 3-way trial
were 34.9%, 29.5%, and 17.4% and in the 2-way trial were 24.9%, 23.9%, and
22.0% . Trends favoring older children also were seen in the second and third
follow-up years in the 3-way trial but not in the 2-way trial.
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