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Low-molecular-weight sodium hyaluronate in the treatment of bacterial corneal ulcers

  • Stefano A. Gandolfi
  • Adriana Massari
  • Jelka G. Orsoni
Clinical Investigations

Abstract

A double-blind clinical trial was performed on 26 patients suffering from corneal ulcers of proven (i.e., culture-positive) bacterial etiology. After their recruitment, the subjects were randomly assigned to one of the following treatment protocols: (1) tobramycin (15 mg/ml) in saline applied at 1 drop/h or (2) tobramycin (15 mg/ml) in low-molecular-weight hyaluronic acid applied at 1 drop/h. The sample size was adjusted according to a type I error of 0.01 and type all error of 0.05 for a minimal expected difference of 35%. The healing time was calculated from the beginning of treatment to the day on which a follow-up fluorescein test proved to be negative. The mean healing time (±SD) was 3.5 ±0.9 days in the sodium hyaluronate group and 5.9 ± 1.5 days in the saline group (P < 0.001). These results suggest that treatment with an antibiotic dissolved in low-molecular-weight sodium hyaluronate can further shorten the clinical course of a bacterial corneal ulcer.

Keywords

Public Health Sodium Clinical Trial Fluorescein Hyaluronic Acid 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefano A. Gandolfi
    • 1
  • Adriana Massari
    • 1
  • Jelka G. Orsoni
    • 1
  1. 1.Istituto di OftalmologiaUniversity di ParmaParmaItaly

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