Management of Pediatric Otitis Media

Ann McMahon Wicker, PharmD, BCPS; Brice Labruzzo Mohundro, PharmD


US Pharmacist 

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Surgical Options

Surgical placement of tympanostomy tubes is recommended for children with recurrent episodes of AOM. The American Academy of Otolaryngology recommends that tympanostomy tubes be considered in children who have had four episodes of AOM in 6 months or six episodes in 1 year.[17] Placement of tympanostomy tubes also is suggested for OME. Tympanostomy tubes usually last 6 to 12 months; once extruded, there is no evidence of ongoing benefit.[9]


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