BACKGROUND: Conventional management of acute otitis media, deduced from pathophysiology, embodies scant regard to analgesia, but concentrates on the microbiological cure by the use of antibiotics. OBJECTIVE: A commonly encountered case of uncomplicated acute otitis media in a child of three is presented. An evidence based approach to management is offered. RESULTS: The search for empirical evidence of patient relevant benefits and harms challenges the conventional approach. A Cochrane review...Expand abstract
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A child with earache. Are antibiotics the best treatment?
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