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The efficacy of cutanplast nasal packing after endoscopic sinus surgery: A prospective, randomized, controlled trial

Authors

  • Kyu-Sup Cho MD, PhD,

    1. Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Biomedical Research Institute, Pusan National University School of Medicine, Busan, South Korea
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  • Seung-Kuk Shin MD,

    1. Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Biomedical Research Institute, Pusan National University School of Medicine, Busan, South Korea
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  • Jung-Hoon Lee MD,

    1. Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Biomedical Research Institute, Pusan National University School of Medicine, Busan, South Korea
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  • Joo-Yeon Kim MD,

    1. Department of Otolaryngology, Kosin University College of Medicine, Busan, South Korea
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  • Soo-Kweon Koo MD, PhD,

    1. Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Busan St. Mary's Medical Center, Busan, South Korea
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  • Yong-Wan Kim MD,

    1. Department of Otolaryngology, Inje University Haeundae Paik Hospital, Busan, South Korea
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  • Min-Jung Kim MD,

    1. Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Wallace Memorial Baptist Hospital, Busan, South Korea
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  • Hwan-Jung Roh MD, PhD

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Research Institute for Convergence of Biomedical Science and Technology, Pusan National University Yangsan Hospital, Yangsan, South Korea
    • Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Pusan National University Yangsan Hospital, Beom-eo li, Mul-geum eup, Yang-san si, Gyeongsangnam-do 626-770, South Korea
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  • Presented at the 85th Annual Congress of the Korean Society of Otorhinolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Seoul, South Korea, May 1–3, 2011.

  • The authors have no funding, financial relationships, or conflicts of interest to disclose.

Abstract

Objectives/Hypothesis:

Absorbable packing materials are commonly used after endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS). Cutanplast is a novel gelatin sponge with a powerful hemostatic effect that is rapidly absorbed. The purpose of this study was to investigate the efficacy of Cutanplast in patients following ESS.

Study Design:

A multicenter, prospective, randomized, double-blind, paired, controlled trial.

Methods:

One hundred adult patients with chronic sinusitis requiring the same extent of ESS were included. Patients were excluded if they were undergoing septoplasty, turbinate surgery, revision surgery, and taking anticoagulants. Following surgery, one nasal cavity was packed with Cutanplast and the other one with Merocel. Hemostatic properties, patient discomfort while the packing was in situ, patient pain on removal, degree of bleeding on removal, time required to control bleeding after removal, the cost of the pack, and postoperative wound healing were evaluated.

Results:

Both packs were effective at preventing postoperative hemorrhage. However, Cutanplast was significantly more comfortable while in situ (mean difference, 0.90; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.75-1.25) and less painful on removal of the pack (mean difference, 1.36; 95% CI, 0.85-1.71). The Merocel pack was associated with significantly more bleeding on removal (mean difference, 1.23; 95% CI, 0.61-2.29), therefore much time was needed to control hemorrhage (mean difference, 1.05; 95% CI, 0.31-1.45). There was no significant difference in the cost of the pack used and outcome measure of wound healing.

Conclusions:

Cutanplast nasal pack results in significantly less pain and less bleeding compared to Merocel pack. Laryngoscope, 2013

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