The current knowledge base and understanding of the natural history, management, and complications of acute otitis media are presented in this issue of Pediatrie Annals. No subject is more applicable to the clinical practice of pediatrics, nor dealt with as frequently on a continual daily basis.
The thoughtful, thorough summaries of medical and surgical complications of acute, recurrent, and chronic otitis media diagnosis and management that are presented herein provide up-to-date factual data to guide the pediatrie practitioner in daily management, and in appropriate referral to the pediatrie otolaryngologist when indicated.
HOW TO OBTAIN CME CREDITS BY READING THIS ISSUE
Pediatricians can receive Category I credits for the Physician's Recognition Award of the American Medical Association by reading the following articles and successfully completing the quiz at the end of the issue. Complete instructions are given on the quiz pages.
The Pre-Test below has been prepared to assist you in studying the following material. It indicates some of the areas to be covered and will make it possible for you to challenge your present knowledge of the material before reading further.
1. The incidence of acute otitis media (AOMJ in the pediatrie population is greatest in young children, with two thirds of the cases occurring in the first 3 years of life.
2. Nearly two thirds of patients initially treated for AOM show nearly complete resolution by the end of an appropriate 10-day course of antibiotics.
3. Otitis media with effusion (OME), previously diagnosed as serous otitis media, following treatment of AOM represents persistent infection and should be considered a treatment failure.
4. The most common complication of tympanostomy ventilation tubes is:
B. Early extrusion.
C. Chronic changes in the tympanic membrane after removal.
Answers to the Pre-Test:
1.A 2.B 3.B 4.D