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Evidence supports antibiotic use in glue ear

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7059.709a (Published 21 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:709

Treating children who have glue ear with antibiotics in the community could reduce the pressure on ear, nose, and throat departments by avoiding the need for specialist care, suggests new research.

At the moment there is no clear guidance on how to manage otitis media other than watchful waiting. If symptoms persist beyond three months the issue of whether to proceed with surgery or medical treatment remains controversial. …

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