We would suggest that the role of allergy in eustachian tube function and the development of middle ear disease has still not been completely resolved. However, on the basis of our observations we would suggest that approximately two-thirds of patients with chronic recurrent OME are not allergic. The other third have allergic rhinitis. Of the patients with allergic rhinitis, approximately 15 to 20% may have the middle ear tissue as a target organ.
C1inical Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology and Pediatrics, State University of New York at Buffalo
Publication date: March 1, 1983
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