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Chronic otitis media.

Authors
  • Wallis, Sebastian
  • Atkinson, Helen
  • Coatesworth, Andrew P
Type
Published Article
Journal
Postgraduate medicine
Publication Date
May 01, 2015
Volume
127
Issue
4
Pages
391–395
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/00325481.2015.1027133
PMID: 25913599
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

Chronic otitis media (COM) is a common problem facing general practitioners, pediatricians and otolaryngologists. This article reviews the aetiopathogenesis, epidemiology, presentation, natural history, complications and management of COM. The literature was reviewed by using the PubMed search engine and entering a combination of terms including "COM", "diagnosis", "incidence", "complications" and "management". Relevant articles were identified and examined for content. What is the "take-home" message for the clinician? COM is a common problem with various sub-categories according to the disease state. It most commonly presents with painless otorrhoea and hearing loss. Treatment options vary according to the activity and type of disease encountered. COM carries significant patient morbidity.

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