The Journal of International
Advanced Otology
Original Article

Unilateral Increase of Gustatory Thresholds in Acute Otitis Media: A Pilot Study


Sackler School of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel


Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, affiliated to the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel


Sylvan Adams Sports Institute & Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tel-Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

J Int Adv Otol 2023; 19: 112-115
DOI: 10.5152/iao.2023.22694
Read: 557 Downloads: 197 Published: 01 March 2023

BACKGROUND: To evaluate chorda tympani nerve function as measured by unilateral increases of gustatory thresholds in the presence of ipsilateral acute otitis media.

METHODS: Prospective clinical study comparing electrogustometric measurements was conducted to evaluate the taste thresholds of each side of the tongue in a patient during an acute episode of unilateral acute otitis media. Included were patients aged 12-40 who presented to the emergency department and outpatient ear, nose, and throat clinic of a university-affiliate tertiary medical center with unilateral acute otitis media between January 2019 and January 2020 and consented to the study.

RESULTS: Eleven patients were initially recruited into the study, and 10 patients aged (mean ± standard deviation) 26.1 ± 11.2 years comprised the final study group. Taste thresholds were significantly elevated on the side ipsilateral to the ear affected by acute otitis media (P < .05).

CONCLUSION: Chorda tympani nerve conductance is impaired during the acute stage of acute otitis media. This may have implications in the understanding of peripheral neural properties during acute middle ear inflammatory conditions and on the diagnosis of acute otitis media.

Cite this article as: Klein L, Barkai T, Carmel-Neiderman N, et al. Unilateral increase of gustatory thresholds in acute otitis media: A pilot study. J Int Adv Otol. 2023;19(2):112-115.

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