Evaluation of vestibular function in children with purulent media otitis by computer stabilometry

Keywords: purulent otitis media, posturography, balance, vestibular function, preschool age


The aim of the research – assessment of vestibular function in children with acute purulent otitis media by computer static stabilometry compared with typically developed children of the same age.

Materials and methods: 22 children with purulent otitis media aged 4 to 7 years and 30 practically healthy peers were examined by static stabilometry on the device “MPFI stabilograph 1” (Kharkiv, Ukraine). Indicators of variation and shape of the pressure center distribution, spectral-correlation indicators of stabilograms, as well as integral indicators of stability (length, velocity and angle of postural oscillations) were taken into account and the equilibrium functions of the two sensory states (open and closed eyes) are calculated in the StabiliS software.

Results: purulent otitis media causes posterior displacement of the absolute coordinates of the pressure center. In the state with closed eyes, children with purulent otitis differ from their healthy coevals by 14 of 24 stabilometric parameters, including stabilogram length, speed, angle and amplitude of oscillations, giving way to them in the stability of equilibrium. Children with purulent otitis media are more sensitive to the visual canal of postural control than their coevals. Involvement of visual afferents in postural control significantly improves balance maintenance in children with purulent otitis by reducing deviations of postural oscillations, which is reflected in the probable changes of 9 out of 24 stabilometric parameters compared to control.

Conclusions: In preschool age, purulent otitis media leads to latent vestibular dysfunction, which is manifested by a violation of the stability of the vertical posture in a state with closed eyes and is compensated by visual-vestibulo-proprioceptive integration in the process of postural control.


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Author Biographies

Iuliia Lozova, Kharkiv Academy of Postgraduate Education; Kharkiv City Hospital No. 30

Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Pediatric Otolaryngology

Children's Department

Grigoriy Garyuk, Kharkiv Academy of Postgraduate Education

Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Pediatric Otolaryngology

Tatiana Pochuiеva, Kharkiv Academy of Postgraduate Education

Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Pediatric Otolaryngology

Iryna Redka, V. N. Karazin Кharkiv National University

Department of Hygiene and Social Medicine


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Lozova, I., Garyuk, G., PochuiеvaT., Redka, I., & Samusenko, S. (2021). Evaluation of vestibular function in children with purulent media otitis by computer stabilometry. EUREKA: Health Sciences, (6), 30-42. https://doi.org/10.21303/2504-5679.2021.002172
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