Epidemiological study of factors influencing incidence of chronic suppurative otitis media in paediatric age group of rural population

Vivek Harkare, Kanchan Dhote, Kunal Shrimal, Nitin Deosthale, Priti Dhoke, Sonali Khadakkar


Chronic suppurative otitis media (CSOM) is one of the most common illnesses encountered in early childhood as well as in adult life hampering the quality of life. The incidence of CSOM has increased in recent years. The present study was carried out with the aim of studying the epidemiological factors contributing to causation of chronic suppurative otitis media in paediatric age group and also to suggest corrective measures for the same. A cross-sectional study was carried out in the department of ENT in a tertiary care hospital in rural area. Total 200 patients suffering from CSOM visiting ENT, Paediatrics and Medicine outpatient departments were selected. High incidence of CSOM in children in rural population was observed in the families having more number of children, illiteracy of the parents, low socioeconomic status, prone to various kinds of allergies. We concluded that the incidence can be controlled or prevented by implementing special measures like health education, awareness and providing proper medical aid at primary level.


Keywords: Chronic suppurative otitis media, Rural population, Socioeconomic status, Paediatric age group

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