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Vertigo in otitis media with effusion in children
Artur Niedzielski 1/, Grażyna Mielnik-Niedzielska 2/
  • 1/ Pracownia Otoneurologiczna III Katedry Pediatrii Uniwersytetu Medycznego w Lublinie
  • 2/ Klinika Otolaryngologii Dziecięcej, Foniatrii i Audiologii Dziecięcy Szpital Kliniczny im. prof. Antoniego Gębali w Lublinie

Vertigo is not a common symptom in pediatric populations; however, it is more frequent than previously thought.
It is believed that the most common cause of the vertigo in children are the diseases of the middle ear. Otitis media with effusion (OME) frequently involves dysfunction of the vestibular system and causes balance abnormalities during everyday activities. Children with OME score poor in sporting games and they avoid physical exercises. Removal of the effusion results in improvement of hearing and mitigates balance disturbances. Considering possible delayed effects of prolonged vestibular dysfunction, such as impaired motor functions and coordination, additional examination of balance should be a part of routine clinical evaluation.

Otorynolaryngologia vol 13. no 1. Marchpages: from 6to 11
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