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Submitted: 16 November 2012 Modified: 22 July 2013
HERDIN Record #: R07-CVHRDC-11161203110243

Difference between the etiologic agents and risk factors of acute and chronic Otitis externa in Cebu.

Dennis Amparado,
Virginia V. Pato-Mesola,
Princess Arellano,
Ma. Cristina Canga-Chan

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This study identified the etiologic agents of acute and chronic otitis externa. The predisposing factors and presenting complaints of acute and chronic otitis externa were also identified. Patients seen at the EENT clinics with acute and chronic otitis externa were included in the study. College students were used as control. Swabs from the ears of subjects were cultured for bacteria and fungi. A questionnaire was administered to the subjects. The predominant bacteria isolated were the gram negative bacilli especially Pseudomonas aeruginosa. In acute otitis externa more Staphylococcus aureus were isolated compared to chronic otitis externa. Aspergillus was the predominant fungal isolate. Itchiness was the most common complaint in chronic otitis externa and pain was the prominent complaint in acute otitis externa. The most common predisposing factor for both acute and chronic otitis externa was the used of cotton tipped applicator in cleaning the ears. Overall evaluation showed that there were differences in the etiologic agents identified but the differences were not significant. There was no statistical significant difference in the predisposing factors and presenting complaints between acute and chronic otitis externa.

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Objectives

1.To identify the etiologic agents - bacterial and fungal - of acute and chronic otitis externa;
2.To identify the predisposing factors of acute and chronic otitis externa; and
3.To identify the presenting complaints of acute and chronic otitis externa.

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