Prevalence of otitis media with effusion amongst pre-school children in Malaysia

Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 1997 Jul 18;41(1):21-8. doi: 10.1016/s0165-5876(97)00049-9.


A cross-sectional screening test was done to determine the prevalence of otitis media with effusion amongst, preschool children in two district in Malaysia, namely Kuala Lumpur an urban district and Kuala Selangor a rural district. It involved 1097 preschool children aged between 5 and 6 years old. Presence of otitis media effusion (OME) is based on abnormal otoscopic finding, Type B tympanogram and absence of ipsilateral acoustical reflex. The overall prevalence rate of OME was 13.8%. The prevalence in Kuala Lumpur was 17.9%, while in Kuala Selangor it was 9.48%. Bottle feeding during infancy and high socioeconomic status of the parents was statistically associated with higher incidence of OME. Other factors such as race, premature delivery, passive smoking, allergy, asthma and family size, had no influence on the prevalence of otitis media with effusion.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Child, Preschool
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Developing Countries*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Malaysia / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Mass Screening*
  • Otitis Media with Effusion / epidemiology*
  • Otitis Media with Effusion / etiology
  • Risk Factors
  • Rural Population / statistics & numerical data
  • Urban Population / statistics & numerical data