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Table 1 Predisposing factors of Otitis Media with Effusion (OME)

From: Otitis media with effusion and atopy: is there a causal relationship?

- Age  
- Male Sex  
- Craniofacial abnormalities (e.g. cleft palate)  
- Day-care school and attendance  
- Adenoid hypertrophy  
- Atopy  
- Tobacco smoke exposure  
- Upper airway infection (acute otitis, chronic rhinosinusitis, infective rhinitis)  
- Extreme pre-term