Acute otitis media in children. Are antibiotics always appropriate?

C. Del Mar*, P. Glasziou

*Corresponding author for this work

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A recent analysis of the evidence suggests that, in Western countries the use of antibiotics as initial treatment for children with acute otitis media benefits one out of 20 children by reducing pain in the acute phase. There is no evident benefit for deafness, recurrent attacks or complications. This suggests that we should use antibiotics less readily.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-86
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian Family Physician
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


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