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Diagnosis and treatment of acute otitis media: review.
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PMID:  22809689     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Background: Acute otitis media is very common, but diagnostic criteria and treatment recommendations vary considerably. Methods: Medline, the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials were searched using the key words 'acute otitis media' AND 'diagnosis' OR 'diagnostic criteria' OR 'definition', and by combining the terms 'acute otitis media' AND 'guidelines'. PubMed was searched using the key words 'mastoiditis' and 'prevalence'. Results: The 11 most recently published guidelines unanimously agreed that adequate analgesia should be prescribed in all cases. The majority recommended that routine antibiotic prescription should be avoided in mild to moderate cases and when there was diagnostic uncertainty in patients two years and older. Antibiotics were recommended in children two years and younger, most commonly a 5-day course of amoxicillin (or a macrolide in patients allergic to penicillin). Conclusion: Level 1A evidence shows that selected cases of acute otitis media benefit from antibiotic prescription.
Edward C Toll; Desmond A Nunez
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-7-19
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of laryngology and otology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1748-5460     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-7-19     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8706896     Medline TA:  J Laryngol Otol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  1-8     Citation Subset:  -    
University College London Ear Institute, UK.
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