How does the prevalence of acute otitis media (AOM) vary among races?

Updated: Sep 25, 2019
  • Author: John D Donaldson, MD, FRCSC, FACS; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Definite racial differences exist in the incidence of AOM. Native Americans and Inuits have very high rates of acute and chronic ear infection, whereas African Americans appear to have a slightly lower rate than white children living in the same communities.


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