How common is acute otitis media (AOM) in children younger than 5 years?

Updated: Sep 25, 2019
  • Author: John D Donaldson, MD, FRCSC, FACS; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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In the United States, acute otitis media (AOM) is the most common affliction necessitating medical therapy for children younger than 5 years. The total annual cost to society for this disease and for otitis media with effusion (OME) runs into the billions of dollars. Yet, despite research into prevention and therapy, the costs of this disease continue to rise while the incidence remains unabated.

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