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6-DISCHARGING EAR (OTORRHEA), A CLINICO-MICROBIOLOGICAL STUDY

AHMED M AL-ABBASI --- ZAHRA KADUM SAEED

Basrah Journal of Surgery مجلة البصرة الجراحية
ISSN: 16833589 Year: 2008 Volume: 14 Issue: 2 Pages: 25
Publisher: Basrah University جامعة البصرة

Abstract

This study aimed to assess the causes of otorrhea and causative organisms. A prospective clinicomicrobiologicalstudy of 153 discharging ears of 148 patients in Basrah General Hospital during 2years period. This study showed that most commonly affected age group was below 10 years (44patients=30%), the most common type of otorrhea was the purulent (127 ears=86%), the mostcommon cause of purulent otorrhea was chronic otitis media (77 ears=61% of purulent dischargingears). Staph. aureus was the commonly isolated organism from purulent discharging ears (39 ears). Itis concluded that otoscopic and otomicroscpic examination plus carefully and accurately taken swabsfor cultures are essential for accurate diagnosis and precise treatment in all cases of ear discharge.

Keywords

OTORRHEA