Role of viruses in middle-ear disease

Tasnee Chonmaitree

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Taken together, there is ample evidence suggesting a role for viruses in the pathogenesis of OM. This evidence comes from numerous studies performed in animals and in vitro cell cultures, as well as in adults and children with URI and OM. Viruses induce host immune and inflammatory responses that result in pathology of the ET and the middle ear, and predispose the host in various ways to secondary bacterial infection. A suggested mechanism for the pathogenesis of OM following respiratory viral infection is presented in FIGURE 1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-157
Number of pages15
JournalAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
StatePublished - Dec 29 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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