A comparative study of isolation of microbial flora in ears


  • Santosh Uttarkar Panduranga Rao Department of Otorhinolaryngology, J. J. M. Medical College, Davangere, Karnataka, India
  • Jemima Hilal Parveen Department of Otorhinolaryngology, J. J. M. Medical College, Davangere, Karnataka, India
  • Arfan Nasser Department of ENT, General Hospital K. R. Pete, Mandya, Karnataka, India




Chronic otitis media, Microbial flora, Culture and sensitivity


Background: Chronic otitis media (COM) is the middle ear's inflammation, characterized by ear discharge due to tympanic membrane perforation for at least over a month. The current study aims to study the microbial flora and its culture and sensitivity from ear discharge in chronic otitis media.

Methods: A comparative study was carried out in Bapuji Hospital and Chigateri district hospital, teaching hospitals attached to J.J.M. Medical College Davanagere over a year from 01 January 2022 to 01 January 2023 in all patients with a history and signs suggestive of chronic otitis media among 100 patients.  

Results: In the current study, most patients were females (53%), with pus in the right ear (51%) and pus in the left. The most common microbial growth was of Pseudomonas species, and the difference was statistically significant.

Conclusions: Due to the variations in the collection and culture methods, it is difficult to understand the frequency of a polymicrobial illness thoroughly. Antibiotics have provided medics with a tool employed without a precise causal diagnosis.


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