Audiological Investigation of Otitis Media in Children with Atopy

Francesco Martines, Daniela Linda Bentivegna

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Otitis media (OM) describes an inflammatory process within the middle ear space that is generally associated with accumulation of fluid and which may lead to hearing loss, learning difficulties and delay of language development. The pathogenesis of OM is multifactorial, involving the adaptive and native immune system, Eustachian tube dysfunction, viral and bacterial load, genetic and environmental factors. The involvement of IgE mediated allergic reactions in the pathogenesis of OM has been suggested by clinical observations of a high prevalence of OM among patients with allergies. Evidence from studies involving tympanometric measurements, audiometric measurements and otoscopic examination confirms the role of atopy in the development and persistency of OM
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)513-520
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Allergy and Asthma Reports
Publication statusPublished - 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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