Antibody responses to the outer membrane protein P6 of non-typeable Haemophilus influenzae and pneumococcal capsular polysaccharides in otitis-prone children.Acta Otolaryngol. 1999; 119(6):703-7.AO
Acute otitis media (AOM) is a common infectious disease in children. Some children experience recurrent episodes of AOM. Recent investigations demonstrate antigen-specific immunological deficiencies in children prone to AOM. In the present study, the immune responses to non-typeable Haemophilus influenzae (NTHi) and Streptococcus pneumoniae (S. pneumoniae) were further investigated in otitis-prone children and normal children. Forty-eight percent of otitis-prone children exhibited reduced IgG2 levels to S. pneumoniae and 55% exhibited reduced IgG levels to NTHi. These data suggest that otitis proneness appears to be related to numerous immunological derangements. Pathogen-specific antibodies are a reliable measure of otitis proneness.