Management of otitis media with effusion in children
I. Dhooge*, C. Desloovere**, A. Boudewyns***, M. Van Kempen* and J. P. Dachy****
*Ghent University Hospital, Gent; **Catholic University of Leuven, Leuven; ***Antwerp University Hospital, Edegem; ****Civil Hospital, Tournai
Guidelines; otitis media; children; treatment
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Otitis media with effusion in children: B-ENT Guidelines. OME is highly prevalent among young children, with peak prevalences at around two and five years of age.Although serious complications are rare, the burden of OM is large with impaired quality of life and high direct and indirect socio-economic costs. To date, medical treatment of OME is not recommended because of the limited scientific evidence that this treatment is effective in the long term. Surgical candidacy for OME depends largely on hearing status, associated symptoms, the child’s developmental risk and the anticipated chance of spontaneous resolution of the effusion. Ultimately, the recommendation for surgery must be individualized.
Suppl. 1, 2005

Management of otitis media with effusion in children