A case–control study of nutritional factors associated with chronic suppurative otitis media in Yemeni children

M. A. Elemraid, I. J. Mackenzie, W. D. Fraser, G. Harper, B. Faragher, Z. Atef, N. Al-Aghbari, B. J. Brabin

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Background/Objectives: Undernutrition and chronic suppurative otitis media (CSOM) in children are common in low resource settings, but there are few studies of their interactions. The aim is to evaluate nutritional factors associated with CSOM in Yemeni children. Subjects/Methods: A case–control study of 75 children with CSOM and 74 healthy controls. Assessment included dietary history, anthropometry, haemoglobin (Hb) and serum analytes zinc (Zn), copper (Cu), selenium (Se), iron, calcium, phosphate (PO4) and total 25-hydroxy vitamin D (25(OH)D). Results: Cases had lower mean Z-scores for weight-for-age, weight-for-height, body mass index and mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) (all P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)895-902
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011

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