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Sensorineural deafness in Tanzanian children—Is ototoxicity a significant cause? A pilot study

Ototoxic drugs given to sick infants with “fever”, without weight recording or gentamicin level monitoring, was the probable cause of a third of all severe/profound deafened Zanzibarian children.

The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Zanzibar have reacted by issuing posters to all health facilities advising hearing testing in all children three months after discharge following “fever” admission.

This is a pilot study and the apparent findings need to be confirmed by a well designed prospective study as soon as possible.

from the International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology

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Prevalence of acute otitis media among children with pyrexia in a Nigerian hospital

AOM with late presentation in the suppurative stage of the disease is a common cause of pyrexia in children with a male preponderance and two third of the children were from the low socio-economic status. There is the need for otoscopic examinations of all pyretic children as the resultant hearing loss is related to difficulties in language acquisition in children below 2 years of age with effects on literacy and school achievement.

from Auris Nasus Larynx

Prevalence of acute otitis media among children with pyrexia in a Nigerian hospital

Conclusion
AOM with late presentation in the suppurative stage of the disease is a common cause of pyrexia in children with a male preponderance and two third of the children were from the low socio-economic status. There is the need for otoscopic examinations of all pyretic children as the resultant hearing loss is related to difficulties in language acquisition in children below 2 years of age with effects on literacy and school achievement.

from Auris Nasus Larynx