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Unsafe CSOM still a challenge in rural areas

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES To determine the frequency of complications in unsafe chronic suppurative otitis media.

MATERIAL AND METHODS This prospective study was conducted in the department Otorhinolaryngology MMIMSR over the time duration of one year from March 2011 to April 2012. Fifty consecutive patients were selected whose clinical diagnosis was CSOM Attico-antral type.

Conclusion: The rate of complications, especially more serious intracranial complications ,observed in developing countries is significantly more than those observed in studies from the developed countries. (12). In our study the frequency of extracranial complications excluding ossicular erosion is 22% and the frequency of intracranial complications is 4%. It was observed by Memon et al (13) in 2008 that in a series of 390 patients of chronic discharging ears that the rate of extracranial complications was 4.10% and rate of intracranial complications was 2.3%of the unsafe variety . The high frequency in our study may be explained by the fact that we are sitting in a rural background with very poor socio-economic background patients. Osama U et al (14) from Turkey reveals the rate of 1.35% of extracranial complications and 1.97% of intracranial complications in his study.

Author(s): Ginni Datta ,Nitish Baisakhiya ,Vandana Mendiratta