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Acute and chronic otitis media

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On completion of this subject guide, you should be able to:

Recall the common causes of acute otitis media > http://www.rch.org.au/clinicalguide/guideline_index/Acute_Otitis_Media/

Distinguish when to commence antibiotic therapy for acute otitis media, and what the most appropriate antibiotic would be > http://www.rch.org.au/clinicalguide/guideline_index/Antibiotics/

Describe the symptoms and signs of chronic otitis media > http://www.racgp.org.au/afp/2012/december/suppurative-otitis-media/

Recall the treatment options for chronic otitis media > http://www.australianprescriber.com/magazine/32/6/155/9/

Points for discussion

What are the risks in using topical quinolones in children with a perforated tympanic membrane? How would you discuss this risk with a parent? 

Which children are at greater risk of chronic supporative otitis media (CSOM)? Why?

What techniques do you have to assist the healing of CSOM? What can children and their parents do at home to assist the process?

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