What are the UMHS diagnostic guidelines 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 UMHS guidelines include the following recommendations [40] :

  • Symptoms of pain or fever, together with an inflammatory middle ear effusion, are required to make a diagnosis of AOM
  • The presence of middle ear effusion should be determined through the combined use of otoscopy, pneumatic otoscopy, and tympanometry when necessary

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