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Otitis Media with Effusion

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  • This is Middle Ear Infection with fluid (effusion).
  • It can be classified according to the duration of the effusion as acute (less than 3 weeks), subacute (3 weeks-3 months), and chronic (greater than 3 months).

  • There are no symptoms of an acute infection (e.g., fever).
  • Hearing loss
  • Behavioral disturbances by inadequate communication
  • Ear fullness
  • A noise in the ears

  • Medical history and a physical examination
  • Translucent air bubble in the middle ear
  • The doctor will use a special light (otoscope) to look into the ear canal, where he/she will see the ear drum moving poorly, retracted, or a convex opaque tympanic membrane.
  • An audiologist can test hearing.

  • It usually requires no treatment.
  • Most effusions resolve spontaneously.
  • Decongestants and antihistamine
  • Immunotherapy and allergy control for patients who have frequent recurrent Otitis Media with effusion
  • Antibiotics such as amoxicillin and amoxicillin-clavulanate for acute Middle Ear Infection
  • Myringotomy and the insertion of ventilation tubes when effusion persists for 4-6 months.
  • Adenoidectomy for chronic Otitis Media with effusion




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