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Signs and symptoms predicting acute otitis media.

Authors
  • Heikkinen, T
  • Ruuskanen, O
Type
Published Article
Journal
Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Publisher
American Medical Association
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1995
Volume
149
Issue
1
Pages
26–29
Identifiers
PMID: 7827655
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

Earache in children with upper respiratory tract infection is indicative of acute otitis media, but the absence of earache does not preclude acute otitis media. Therefore, even in the absence of any signs and symptoms localized to the ear, all children at risk for acute otitis media should be examined during upper respiratory tract infection, and if respiratory symptoms persist for several days after the initial visit, a reexamination should be performed. Restless sleeping and fever are of no value in distinguishing acute otitis media from an uncomplicated upper respiratory tract infection.

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