Clinical case study

Otitis media: clarifying the role of antibiotics

Weigh up the need for antibiotics with two different cases of acute otitis media in this free case study.

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Otitis media antibiotics




Two children with otitis media – are antibiotics required for either?

Oliver, a 5-year-old boy with a cold, has been complaining of a sore left ear since last night.

Charlotte, a 14-month-old girl who has also had a cold for several days, has been very irritable overnight. She woke up more lethargic than normal and is refusing to eat.

How would you assess these patients? What would your initial treatment recommendation be? How would you weigh up the need for antibiotics?

Complete this online case study to receive instant feedback on your responses and compare your approach with your peers. Includes expert commentary provided by Professor Chris Del Mar.