Antibiotics for otitis media with effusion in children

R.P. Venekamp, M.J. Burton, T.M.A. van Dongen, G.J. van der Heijden, A. van Zon, A.G.M. Schilder

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Otitis media with effusion (OME) is characterised by an accumulation of fluid in the middle ear behind an intact tympanic membrane, without the symptoms or signs of acute infection. Since most cases of OME will resolve spontaneously, only children with persistent middle ear effusion and associated hearing loss potentially require treatment. Previous Cochrane reviews have focused on the effectiveness of ventilation tube insertion, adenoidectomy, nasal autoinflation, antihistamines, decongestants and corticosteroids in OME. This review, focusing on the effectiveness of antibiotics in children with OME, is an update of a Cochrane review published in 2012.
To assess the benefits and harms of oral antibiotics in children up to 18 years with OME.
Search methods
The Cochrane ENT Information Specialist searched the ENT Trials Register; Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL 2016, Issue 3); PubMed; Ovid EMBASE; CINAHL; Web of Science;; ICTRP and additional sources for published and unpublished trials. The date of the search was 14 April 2016.
Selection criteria
Randomised controlled trials comparing oral antibiotics with placebo, no treatment or therapy of unproven effectiveness in children with OME.
Data collection and analysis
We used the standard methodological procedures expected by Cochrane.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberCD009163
Number of pages3
JournalCochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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