Correlation of Clinical Evaluation and Laboratory Tests of Ear Infections in Patients refereed to Ayatollah Rouhani Hospital, Babol, 2018 to 2019

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Ear infection is one of the most common types of infections that can caused by fungal and bacterial agents. The precise diagnosis of the disease and identification of microbial agents is very important to prescribe the right drug and cure patients as soon as possible. The present study was to find the consistency of clinical findings and laboratory tests among patients suspected of ear infections over a one-year period. In this cross-sectional study conducted in 2018 to 2019, 134 ear samples of patients referred to the ENT clinic of Ayatollah Rouhani hospital of Babol were collected. These samples were analyzed and microbial agents were identified by direct examination and culture. The results were compared with an initial diagnosis from a physician. Out of the 84 patients clinically diagnosed for fungal infection, 67 cases (79.8%) were laboratory-approved, while the rate of bacterial- infection was 33 cases (66%). Our findings showed that the initial diagnosis of from a physician along with laboratory tests is necessary for accurate diagnosis and treatment of ear infections.

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