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Otitis media: relationship to tonsillitis, sinusitis and atopic diseases.
Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 1996 Apr; 35(2):127-41.IJ

Abstract

In order to estimate the co-morbidity between ear infections and related childhood diseases, data about the occurrence of recurrent ear infections, tonsillitis, sinusitis and atopic diseases from a population based sample of 7992 Norwegian twins were analysed. Correlational results revealed two general clusters, one consisting of upper respiratory tract infections (URI), the other defined by the atopic diseases. Overall, associations between the diseases were greater in males. The sizes of the correlations within each subgroup of infections were moderate, but significant, ranging from 0.191 to 0.363. Similar results were found for the relationship within the subgroup of atopies, with correlations ranging from 0.134 to 0.466. The correlations between the infectious and atopic diseases were weak. Both ear infections and tonsillitis seemed to be predisposing factors for sinusitis. The relative risk of sinusitis among individuals with a history of ear infections was 3.4 (1.9-6.2) and 1.9 (1.2-3.0) for males and females, respectively. Ear infections conferred an increase in tonsillitis, estimated at 2.3 (1.6-3.0) and 2.0 (1.2-3.6) for males and females, respectively. In conclusion, the present study finds evidence for a common predisposition of upper respiratory infections as well as for atopic diseases, but only moderate correlation between the subgroups. Specifically, between ear infections and hay fever there was no covariation.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Division of Epidemiology, National Institute of Public Health, SAEP, Oslo, Norway.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Twin Study

Language

eng

PubMed ID

8735409

Citation

Kvaerner, K J., et al. "Otitis Media: Relationship to Tonsillitis, Sinusitis and Atopic Diseases." International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, vol. 35, no. 2, 1996, pp. 127-41.
Kvaerner KJ, Tambs K, Harris JR, et al. Otitis media: relationship to tonsillitis, sinusitis and atopic diseases. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 1996;35(2):127-41.
Kvaerner, K. J., Tambs, K., Harris, J. R., Mair, I. W., & Magnus, P. (1996). Otitis media: relationship to tonsillitis, sinusitis and atopic diseases. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 35(2), 127-41.
Kvaerner KJ, et al. Otitis Media: Relationship to Tonsillitis, Sinusitis and Atopic Diseases. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 1996;35(2):127-41. PubMed PMID: 8735409.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Otitis media: relationship to tonsillitis, sinusitis and atopic diseases. AU - Kvaerner,K J, AU - Tambs,K, AU - Harris,J R, AU - Mair,I W, AU - Magnus,P, PY - 1996/4/1/pubmed PY - 1996/4/1/medline PY - 1996/4/1/entrez SP - 127 EP - 41 JF - International journal of pediatric otorhinolaryngology JO - Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol VL - 35 IS - 2 N2 - In order to estimate the co-morbidity between ear infections and related childhood diseases, data about the occurrence of recurrent ear infections, tonsillitis, sinusitis and atopic diseases from a population based sample of 7992 Norwegian twins were analysed. Correlational results revealed two general clusters, one consisting of upper respiratory tract infections (URI), the other defined by the atopic diseases. Overall, associations between the diseases were greater in males. The sizes of the correlations within each subgroup of infections were moderate, but significant, ranging from 0.191 to 0.363. Similar results were found for the relationship within the subgroup of atopies, with correlations ranging from 0.134 to 0.466. The correlations between the infectious and atopic diseases were weak. Both ear infections and tonsillitis seemed to be predisposing factors for sinusitis. The relative risk of sinusitis among individuals with a history of ear infections was 3.4 (1.9-6.2) and 1.9 (1.2-3.0) for males and females, respectively. Ear infections conferred an increase in tonsillitis, estimated at 2.3 (1.6-3.0) and 2.0 (1.2-3.6) for males and females, respectively. In conclusion, the present study finds evidence for a common predisposition of upper respiratory infections as well as for atopic diseases, but only moderate correlation between the subgroups. Specifically, between ear infections and hay fever there was no covariation. SN - 0165-5876 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/8735409/Otitis_media:_relationship_to_tonsillitis_sinusitis_and_atopic_diseases_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/0165587695012990 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -