Last update Sept. 19, 2016

Maternal Otosclerosis

Very Low Risk

Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.

Disease that causes hearing loss in which genetic and environmental factors are involved, however not fully understood yet: the role of viruses like measles, hormones like estrogen and others (Schrauwen 2010, Markou 2009, Horner 2009).
It is more common among Caucasians and women of childbearing age (Arnold 1996).
It has been found a decreased frequency among population who received measles vaccination (Arnold 2007).

There is controversy over whether it triggers or worsens during pregnancy, but has not been found association with breastfeeding (Lippy 2005). Since during lactation there is a slight hypoestrogenic state and this disease has been associated with the presence of estrogen, breastfeeding may have a protective effect.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

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Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

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Maternal Otosclerosis belongs to this group or family:


  1. Shiny Sherlie V, Varghese A. ENT Changes of Pregnancy and Its Management. Indian J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014 Abstract
  2. Schrauwen I, Van Camp G. The etiology of otosclerosis: a combination of genes and environment. Laryngoscope. 2010 Abstract
  3. Markou K, Goudakos J. An overview of the etiology of otosclerosis. Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 2009 Abstract
  4. Horner KC. The effect of sex hormones on bone metabolism of the otic capsule--an overview. Hear Res. 2009 Abstract
  5. Arnold W, Busch R, Arnold A, Ritscher B, Neiss A, Niedermeyer HP. The influence of measles vaccination on the incidence of otosclerosis in Germany. Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 2007 Abstract
  6. Lippy WH, Berenholz LP, Schuring AG, Burkey JM. Does pregnancy affect otosclerosis? Laryngoscope. 2005 Abstract
  7. Arnold W, Niedermeyer HP, Altermatt HJ, Neubert WJ. [Pathogenesis of otosclerosis. "State of the art"]. HNO. 1996 Abstract
  8. [No authors listed] Otosclerosis. Br Med J. 1978 Abstract

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