ENT, Ear

Mar 1, 2001 Issue
Otitis Externa: A Practical Guide to Treatment and Prevention [Article]

Otitis externa is most commonly caused by infection (usually bacterial, although occasionally fungal), but it may also be associated with a variety of noninfectious systemic or local dermatologic processes. The most characteristic symptom is discomfort that is limited to the external auditory canal,...

Oct 15, 2000 Issue
Topical Fluoroquinolones for Eye and Ear [Article]

Topical fluoroquinolones are now available for use in the eye and ear. Their broad spectrum of activity includes the common eye and ear pathogens Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. For the treatment of acute otitis externa, these agents are as effective as previously available otic pr...

May 1, 2000 Issue
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss [Article]

Hearing loss caused by exposure to recreational and occupational noise results in devastating disability that is virtually 100 percent preventable. Noise-induced hearing loss is the second most common form of sensorineural hearing deficit, after presbycusis (age-related hearing loss). Shearing force...

Apr 15, 2000 Issue
Acute Otitis Media: Part II. Treatment in an Era of Increasing Antibiotic Resistance [Article]

Antibiotic resistance is increasing among the pathogens that commonly cause acute otitis media. This development may merit changes in the traditional antibiotic treatment of acute otitis media. Risk factors for resistant pathogens include recent antibiotic treatment of acute otitis media, children i...

Apr 1, 2000 Issue
Acute Otitis Media: Part 1. Improving Diagnostic Accuracy [Article]

Acute otitis media is overdiagnosed. Symptoms are neither sensitive nor specific for the diagnosis of otitis media; fever and ear pain are present in only one half of patients. Undue reliance on one feature--redness of the tympanic membrane--and failure to assess tympanic membrane mobility with pneu...

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