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Anaesthesia of the tympanic membrane: comparison of EMLA cream and iontophoresis.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of laryngology and otology
Publication Date
Volume
104
Issue
3
Pages
195–196
Identifiers
PMID: 2341772
Source
Medline

Abstract

The authors undertook a study to evaluate the effectiveness of two methods for providing local anaesthesia of the tympanic membrane for the purpose of inserting a grommet. The methods compared were the application of EMLA (Eutectic Mixture of Local Anaesthetics) cream and the use of iontophoresis. Both methods seem to provide a satisfactory level of local anaesthesia. It was felt that where multiple procedures were to be performed in one outpatient session the use of EMLA cream might be a more efficient technique.

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