Otitis Media and Externa

  • Jo Ann Rosenfeld


Otitis media is one of the most frequent illnesses that affects children. Although family physicians see patients with this diagnosis repeatedly and it has been studied extensively, there are still basic controversies concerning its treatment. Infection and inflammation in the middle ear has been called by many names. Acute otitis media (AOM) is short-lived, purulent, and infectious in origin. Infection can recur or persist. Serous otitis media is usually inflammatory and chronic, although it may be infectious. The latter has also been called otitis media with effusion, chronic otitis media, or chronic mucoid otitis media (“glue ear”).


Otitis Medium Tympanic Membrane Acute Otitis Medium Eustachian Tube External Auditory Canal 
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