The effect of passive smoking on the etiology of serous otitis media in children

Tarhun Y. M.

American Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Medicine and Surgery, vol.41, no.3, 2020 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 41 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.amjoto.2020.102398
  • Journal Name: American Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Medicine and Surgery
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Agricultural & Environmental Science Database, Biotechnology Research Abstracts, CAB Abstracts, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Veterinary Science Database
  • Keywords: Serous otitis media, Passive smoke exposure, Children, RISK-FACTORS, TOBACCO-SMOKE, EAR, EFFUSION, GLUE
  • Lokman Hekim University Affiliated: Yes


© 2020 Elsevier Inc.Serous otitis media (SOM) is a disease mostly seen in the pediatric age group and characterized by serous effusion in the middle ear. The disease which is mostly silent can cause permanent hearing loss if it is not diagnosed and treated early. Passive smoking is one of the environmental factors in the etiopathology of the disease and risk factors for SOM formation in children. In our study, smoking habits of family members of 75 children with SOM and 50 healthy controls were investigated. At the end of the study, the correlation between SOM and passive smoke exposed was statistically significant in children (p < 0.01). In this study, the effect of passive smoking, which is a preventable and controllable risk factor in the etiology of the SOM in children is emphasized.