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Otorinolaringologia 2002 September;52(3):137-41

language: Italian

Bromo-iodine thermal Politzer and ORL diseases. An experimental-clinical study

Costantino M. 1, Ametrano L. 2, Andreozzi S. 2, Bove G. 1, D’Angelo L. 3, Motta G. 3, Ruosi M. 2, Santoro F. 2, Lampa E. 1

1 Scuola di Specializzazione in Idrologia Medica, II Università degli Studi di Napoli, Napoli
2 Terme di Agnano, Napoli
3 Clinica Otorinolaringoiatria II Università degli Studi di Napoli, Napoli


Back­ground. ­Numerous clin­ical and experi­mental ­studies ­have dem­on­strated the use­ful­ness of inhal­a­tory cre­no­therapy in the treat­ment of rhi­noph­a­ryn­geal inflam­ma­tion ­with ­tubal-tym­panic com­pli­ca­tions, ­which in ­thermal ­therapy are iden­ti­fied as rhin­o­genic deaf­ness. ­Reports ­from the lit­er­a­ture ­very ­often ­refer to the effec­tive­ness of ­sulfur endo­tym­panic infla­tion ­thermal treat­ment. How­ever ­very ­little is ­known ­about the ­Politzer ­method ­using ­bromo-­iodine min­eral ­water in the treat­ment of ORL dis­eases com­monly respon­sible for rhin­o­genic deaf­ness in child­hood or ­about the ­side ­effects ­such treat­ment can pro­voke.
­Methods. 28 sub­jects (age ­range: 4-8 ­years) ­affected ­with ­chronic effu­sive ­otitis ­media and ­chronic ­sino-­rhinal and pha­ryn­geal inflam­ma­tion under­went 12 ses­sions in ­which the ­Politzer ­method ­using ­bromo-­iodine alka­line bicar­bo­nate min­eral ­water ­from ­Agnano Spa (­Terme di ­Agnano) (­Naples) was ­used.
­Results. At the end of ­thermal treat­ment, ­increased impe­dance audio­metric ­curves, cor­re­sponding to nor­mo­ven­ti­la­tion of the tym­panic mem­brane (­type A), and dimin­ished path­o­logic ­curves (­types B and C) ­were ­observed.
Con­clu­sions. The ­results sug­gest ­that in ­many child­hood ­cases of ­tubal dys­func­tion the ­Politzer ­method ­using ­bromo-­iodine alka­line bicar­bo­nate min­eral ­water can be ­used effec­tively, in addi­tion to ­sulfur endo­tubal infla­tion, as has ­been ­widely dem­on­strated in the lit­er­a­ture.

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