What is the initial therapy of choice for acute otitis media (AOM)?

Updated: Sep 25, 2019
  • Author: John D Donaldson, MD, FRCSC, FACS; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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The emergence of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria requires reevaluation of traditional management. Nevertheless, there is still a consensus that antibiotics are the initial therapy of choice for AOM. Surgical management of AOM can conveniently be divided into 3 related procedures: tympanocentesis, myringotomy, and myringotomy with insertion of a ventilating tube.

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