Journal Article

Association of Nasopharyngeal Bacterial Colonization during Upper Respiratory Tract Infection and the Development of Acute Otitis Media

Krystal Revai, Dheeresh Mamidi and Tasnee Chonmaitree

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 46, issue 4, pages e34-e37
Published in print February 2008 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online February 2008 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/525856
Association of Nasopharyngeal Bacterial Colonization during Upper Respiratory Tract Infection and the Development of Acute Otitis Media

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Acute otitis media occurs mostly after upper respiratory tract infection; the causative bacteria are those colonized in the nasopharynx. We studied 709 episodes of upper respiratory tract infection and found that children with no bacteria in the nasopharynx were at low risk for acute otitis media, whereas children with 3 pathogenic bacteria were at the greatest risk.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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