הפרעות בשיווי המשקל בילדים עם תפליט באוזן התיכונה

Translated title of the contribution: Balance disturbances in children with middle ear effusion

אבישי גולץ, בתיה אנגל-יגר, הנרי צבי יואכימס, אבירם נצר, שולה פרוש

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Abstract

Vertigo and dizziness are not common complaints in childhood, but probably present more often than has been thought. These symptoms, caused mainly by otitis media (OM) and middle ear effusion (MEE), are 2 of the most common diseases in children, and until recently had long been neglected in the literature and in practice. We determined objectively the incidence of balance-related symptoms in children with long-lasting MEE, and resolution following insertion of ventilation tubes (VT). 36 children, aged 4-9 years, were studied using electronystagmography (ENG) and the Bruininks-Oseretsky tests for motor proficiency, before and after ventilation of the middle ear. Results were compared to those in 74 healthy children with no history of middle ear disease. Abnormal ENG findings were found in 58%, and 71% had low Bruininks-Oseretsky (BO) test scores. The ENG was abnormal in only 3 of the controls, 1 of whom also had low BO test scores. The symptoms and signs of balance disturbances resolved in 96% following VT insertion. These results indicate that balance-related symptoms often encountered in young children may result from chronic MEE, and that they resolve following evacuation of the effusion and ventilation of the middle ear.

Translated title of the contribution Balance disturbances in children with middle ear effusion
Original languageHebrew
Pages (from-to)518-521
Number of pages4
Journalהרפואה
Volume133
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine

IHP Publications

  • ihp
  • Acute otitis media
  • Equilibrium (Physiology)
  • דלקת האוזן התיכונה
  • שווי משקל (פיזיולוגיה)

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