Interview with Dr. Ian Williamson, Associate Professor of Primary Care with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton in the UK. In a pragmatic randomized control trial published in CMAJ, Dr. Williamson and colleagues found that nasal balloon autoinflation is a feasible, safe and effective treatment that should be used more often. Having children with chronic otitis media with effusion inflate a balloon device through their nose 3 times a day was more likely than usual care to resolve the effusion and improve ear-related quality of life over 3 months.
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