Table 3

Occurrence of symptoms (%) in children with single and recurrent acute otitis media by age group
0 – 1 year 1 - 2 years 2-3 years 3-4 years 4-5 years 5-6 years Total
AOM* rAOM° AOM rAOM AOM rAOM AOM rAOM AOM rAOM AOM rAOM AOM rAOM
Total number of episodes 4550 159 6703 509 5858 322 8376 472 6285 379 4408 220 36180 2061
Total number with ≥1 symptom 3650 (80.2) 132 (83.0) 6424 (95.8) 446 (87.6) 5635 (96.2) 262 (81.3) 8338 (99.5) 435 (92.2) 6048 (96.2) 355 (93.7) 4043 (91.7) 173(78.6) 34138 (94.3) 1892 (91.8)
Ear pain 15.7 14.3 26.7 24.1 57.4 58.5 68.7 57.0 76.3 74.8 79.6 66.9 55.6 50.4
Fever ≥38 °C 60.3 54.9 63.4 50.6 52.2 37.1 46.4 37.1 40.5 26.8 36.0 33.9 49.9 39.4
Cough 36.9 49.5 35.0 39.8 27.0 35.4 24.5 33.9 20.9 24.4 18.4 17.3 26.9 33.3
Rhinitis 16.2 14.3 15.7 11.1 10.6 11.4 8.5 7.3 8.0 5.7 7.2 5.5 10.8 9.0
Otorrhea 6.8 5.5 6.7 6.5 5.9 6.6 4.8 5.6 4.7 6.5 4.7 3.9 5.5 6.0
Vomiting 2.9 3.3 3.2 2.2 2.3 0.9 2.3 2.1 2.4 0.8 2.1 0.8 2.5 1.6

*AOM: single acute otitis media; ° rAOM; recurrent acute otitis media.

Marchisio et al.

Marchisio et al. BMC Pediatrics 2012 12:185   doi:10.1186/1471-2431-12-185

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