The influence of standardized dry ivy leaf extract on the proportion of nasal secretion after post-septoplasty nasal packing removal

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Introduction: After post-septoplasty nasal packing removal, a certain proportion of nasal secretion occurs, leading to local and sometimes systemic infections. Objective: The aim was to determine if standardized dry ivy leaf extract application after nasal packing removal influences the reduction of nasal secretion and diminish the occurrence of local infections. Methods: The study included 70 post-septoplasty patients (divided into two equal groups) whose nasal packing was removed on the third day after the procedure. Group I was treated with standardized dry ivy leaf extract syrup along with regular nasal irrigation for the five days after the nasal packing removal whereas the Group II had only nasal lavage. On the sixth day after nasal packing removal, the quantity of nasal secretion was determined using a visual analog scale and nasal endoscopic examination. Results: The group treated with standardized dry ivy leaf extract syrup had significantly lesser nasal secretion both by subjective patients’ assessment (p < 0.001) and by nasal endoscopic examination (p = 0.003). The post-surgical follow up examination on the sixth day after nasal packing removal showed no development of local infection in the Group I, while in the Group II a local infection was evident in five patients (14.29%) and antibiotic therapy was required. Conclusion: The use of the standardized dry ivy leaf extract after nasal packing removal significantly lowers the proportion of nasal secretion.

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Savović, S., Paut Kusturica, M., Kljajić, V., Buljčik Čupić, M., Jovančević, L., Pavlović, V., & Rašković, A. (2019). The influence of standardized dry ivy leaf extract on the proportion of nasal secretion after post-septoplasty nasal packing removal. Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology, 85(6), 685–689. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bjorl.2018.05.005

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