Ear diseases in school going children of Sunsari and Morang districts of Nepal

  • Sanjeev Kumar Thakur Nobel Medical College
  • Rabin Acharya Biratnagar Eye Hospital
  • Sanjay Kumar Singh Biratnagar Eye Hospital
  • Nisha Ghimire Nobel Medical College
Keywords: Children, Ear diseases, Nepal, Otitis media

Abstract

This study was carried out to find the prevalence of ear diseases in school-going children of the Sunsari and Morang district of Eastern Nepal. This is a prospective, cross sectional, clinical study in 3729 school going children of up to 15 years of the Sunsari and Morang district of eastern Nepal done in year 2014 and 2015 AD. Informed consent was obtained. 1346 (36.09%) children had different ear ailments. Ear wax 616 (45.76%) and otitis media with effusion 226 (16.79%) were the commonest diseases found. Chronic otitis media mucosal type was found in 104 (7.73%) children. Chronic otitis media squamous 6 (0.45%), Otomycosis 155 (11.51%), otitis externa 16 (1.19%), acute Otitis media 119 (8.84%), Eustachian tube dysfunction 92 (6.84%), Perichondritis 4(0.29%), Foreign body in the ear 2 (0.15%), Preauricular sinus 2 (0.15%) and sensorineural hearing loss 4 (0.29%) were the other diseases found. Ear diseases are important health problems among school-going children of the Sunsari and Morang district of eastern Nepal. Health education,nutrition, improvement of socioeconomic status and health care facilities should be helpful in reducing the prevalence of ear diseases.

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Author Biographies

Sanjeev Kumar Thakur, Nobel Medical College
ENT & HNS
Rabin Acharya, Biratnagar Eye Hospital
ENT
Sanjay Kumar Singh, Biratnagar Eye Hospital
Ophthalmology
Nisha Ghimire, Nobel Medical College
Physiology
Published
2017-05-24
How to Cite
Thakur, S., Acharya, R., Singh, S., & Ghimire, N. (2017). Ear diseases in school going children of Sunsari and Morang districts of Nepal. Journal of Chitwan Medical College, 7(1), 16-19. https://doi.org/10.3126/jcmc.v7i1.17364
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