The effect of passive smoking on the etiology of serous otitis media in children
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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. © 2020 Elsevier Inc.
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