Efficacy of vitamin A in experimentally induced acute otitis media

ArticleinInternational Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology 71(4):623-8 · May 2007with11 Reads
Impact Factor: 1.19 · DOI: 10.1016/j.ijporl.2006.12.019 · Source: PubMed
Abstract

Vitamin A plays a role in the prevention of oxidative tissue damage. In the present study we investigated therapeutic role of this substance on healing of middle ear mucosa in experimental acute otitis media (AOM). Otitis media was induced by inoculating Streptococcus pneumoniae via transtympanic injection. Thirty rats were divided into two groups. Group I treated with parenteral ampiciline-sulbactam. Group II received same antibiotic regimen and parenteral single dose of 100,000 IU vitamin A in palmitate form. At tenth day post-inoculation, animals were sacrificed and mucosal samples were excised from the infected tympanic cavities for histpathological examination and blood samples were obtained for measurements of activities of superoxide dismutase (SOD), glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) and evaluation of levels of malondialdehyde (MDA) and nitric oxide (NO). All the infected middle ear mucosas displayed various degrees of the inflammation, but there was no meaningful difference between two groups. However, epithelial integrity was significantly better in group II than group I (p<0.01). While serum NO and MDA levels decreased in the group receiving both antibiotic and vitamin A, serum SOD and GSH activity were found to increased. All of the statistical differences are significant. Pretreatment with vitamin A increases antioxidant enzyme activities and reduces formation of NO and MDA. Vitamin A may be considered as an additional medicament for the medical treatment of AOM.

    • "Otitis media (OM) is an inflammatory response of the middle ear (ME) caused by multiple factors such as infection and eustachian tube dysfunction [1]. Acute otitis media (AOM) is one of the commonest pediatric diseases234 . Streptococcus pneumonia and Haemophilus influenzae are the most common causative microorganisms for AOM567 . "
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background Leukotrienes are the major factors in the formation of edema and mucus, as well as development of tuba Eustachii dysfunction in acute otitis media. We developed an experimental acute suppurative otitis media model and compared the responses of rats to penicillin and combinations of leukotriene antagonist with respect to histopathological observations conducted in early and late phases. Material/Methods A total of 83 ears from 56 Wistar rats were used in this study. Pneumococcus suspension was injected trans-tympanically into all rats. Subjects were classified into 4 different groups with 14 rats in each. In Group A, intramuscular penicillin G was injected for a period of 5 days. In Group B, intraperitoneal montelukast was injected for 21 days in addition to penicillin. In Group C, intraperitoneal montelukast isotonic NaCl in Group D was injected into rats for 21 days. Results No significant difference was found between the groups, except for mucosal vascularization with respect to mucosal and TM parameters in early phases. Furthermore, considerable deviations were observed for the recuperation of TM and mucosal inflammation for groups in which subjects were injected with montelukast as compared to other groups of the study in the late phases. Conclusions When the parameters of inflammation in the rat middle ear were compared with each other, most of these parameters did not show any statistically significant beneficial effects in montelukast and penicillin groups.
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    • "Otitis media (OM) is an inflammatory response of the middle ear (ME) caused by multiple factors such as infection and eustachian tube dysfunction [1]. Acute otitis media (AOM) is one of the commonest pediatric diseases234 . Streptococcus pneumonia and Haemophilus influenzae are the most common causative microorganisms for AOM567 . "
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background:Leukotrienes are found to be the major factors in the formation of edema and mucus as well as development of tuba Eustachii dysfunction in acute otitis media. Montelukast sodium is a receptor antagonist of selective cystenyl leukotriene and exerts its effects through connecting to the receptor of cys leukotriene1. To develop an experimental acute suppurative otitis media model and compare the responses of rats to penicillin and combinations of leukotriene antagonist with respect to histopathological observations conducted at both early and late phases. Material and Methods: A total of eighty-three ears from fifty six Winstar rats used in this study. Pneumococcus suspension was injected transtympanically to all the rats. Subjects were classified under four different groups having 14 rats at each. In Group A, Intramusculer penicilline G was injected to for a period of five days. In Group B, intraperitoneal montelukast was injected for 21 days in addition to penicilline. In Group C, intraperitoneal montelukast, isotonic NaCl in Group D was injected to rats for 21 days. Cross-sections were semi-quantitatively graded with respect to various inflammatory components. Results: No significant difference was found between the groups, apart from mucosal vascularization with respect to mucosal and TM parameters at early phases. Furthermore, considerable deviations were observed for the recuperation of TM and mucosal inflammation for groups where subjects were injected with montekulast as compared to other groups of the study at the late phases. Conclusions: When the parameters of inflammation in the rat middle ear were compared with each other, most of these parameters did not show any statistically different beneficial effects in montelukast and penicillin groups.
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