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Acute and chronic otitis media

Morris, Peter S. and Leach, Amanda J. (2009). Acute and chronic otitis media. Pediatric Clinics of North America,56(6):1383-1399.

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Title Acute and chronic otitis media
Author Morris, Peter S.
Leach, Amanda J.
Journal Name Pediatric Clinics of North America
Publication Date 2009
Volume Number 56
Issue Number 6
ISSN 0031-3955   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-71949118453
Start Page 1383
End Page 1399
Total Pages 17
Place of Publication US
Publisher W.B. Saunders Co.
HERDC Category C2 - Journal Article - Other contributions to refereed journal (internal)
Abstract Otitis media (OM) is a common illness in young children. OM has historically been associated with frequent and severe complications. Nowadays it is usually a mild condition that often resolves without treatment. For most children, progression to tympanic membrane perforation and chronic suppurative OM is unusual (low-risk populations); this has led to reevaluation of many interventions that were used routinely in the past. Evidence from a large number of randomized controlled trials can help when discussing treatment options with families. Indigenous children in the United States, Canada, Northern Europe, Australia, and New Zealand experience more OM than other children. In some places, Indigenous children continue to suffer from the most severe forms of the disease. Communities with more than 4% of the children affected by chronic tympanic membrane perforation have a major public health problem (high-risk populations). Higher rates of invasive pneumococcal disease, pneumonia, and chronic suppurative lung disease (including bronchiectasis) are also seen. These children will often benefit from effective treatment of persistent (or recurrent) bacterial infection.
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