Natures Amazing Ear Infection Cures

Natures Amazing Ear Infection Cures By Naturopath Elizabeth Noble

Little Known Secrets To Cure An Ear Infection Fast! Here's A Taste Of What's Revealed In The Nature's Amazing Ear Infection Cures e-book: What type of ear infection do you or your loved one have? The 9 ear infection symptoms you can't afford to ignore. Danger at the drugstore what drugs you should never buy. Why antibiotics are useless and possibly dangerous for most ear infections. The problems with surgery. The causes and triggers of an ear infection everything from viruses, bacteria and fungi to allergies, biomechanical obstruction, environmental irritants, nutrient deficiencies, poor infant feeding practices and more. How to relieve even the most excruciating ear ache with a hot onion poultice. An ancient Ayurvedic recipe to control an ear infection. The herbal ear drops you can make in your own kitchen that are renowned for soothing ear pain. The wonderful essential oil ear rubs you can make to ease ear congestion and discomfort. The simplicity of homeopathy for treating an ear infection great for babies and young children. User-friendly acupressure, massage and chiropractic to relieve ear pain, enco. How to relieve problem ears with air travel.

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From Carriage to Clinical Disease

The mechanisms that lead to the development of overt clinical pneumococcal disease following the carriage state are not well understood. Invasion has been associated with high acquisition rates, and high frequency and prolonged duration of pneumococcal carriage rather than the serotype (Smith et al., 1993). Recent studies, however, demonstrate that a recent acquisition is essential for the development of clinical disease, at least for acute otitis media caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae (Syrjanen et al., 2005). Predisposing viral infection may also increase the risk of invasion, although no specific virus has been identified (Kleemola et al., 2005). The lack of serotype specific immunity could be an additional invasion-driving factor.

The Effect of Conjugated Pneumococcal Vaccines on Different Forms of Pneumococcal Disease

Altogether 6 randomized controlled trials have been published to date on the efficacy of PCV for individual healthy infants (Table 12.2) four of these were primarily designed to provide information on PCV efficacy effectiveness against invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) (Lucero et al., 2004 Black et al., 2000 Klugman et al., 2003 O'Brien et al., 2003 Cutts et al., 2005) and two for acute otitis media (Eskola et al., 2001 Kilpi et al., 2003 Prymula et al., 2005). As expected from the experience with conjugated Hib vaccines, the PCV efficacy against IPD is high, even in HIV-positive children, when a 4 or 3-dose schedule is used. IPD invasive pneumococcal disease with bacteriological confirmation from body site, where microbial growth usually not present (i.e. blood, CSF, pleural fluid, joint fluid). Pneumonia radiologic ally confirmed. AOM acute otitis media. 5.3.3. Acute Otitis Media Three randomized, controlled trials have looked into the effect of PCV on acute otitis media (AOM) the...

Clinical Manifestations

Otologic manifestations are particularly relevant to the otolaryngologist. Patients may present at any time during childhood. Mastoid disease may present in unifocal, multifocal, or systemic LCH. Patients typically present with otorrhea. The incidence of LCH ear disease (all types) is from 15 to 61 . It is usually unilateral, but bilateral disease may occur. The presence of polyps and granulation tissue in the external canal is highly suggestive of LCH. The middle ear is usually spared. Otitis externa can also be present. LCH can mimic cholesteatoma and should be kept in mind as a part of the differential of otorrhea, especially if bloody. A computed tomography (CT) scan typically shows aggressive lytic lesions similar to osteomyelitis, bone lymphoma, or sarcoma (4,5).

Mycobacterial Infections

Tuberculosis (TB, from Mycobacterium tuberculosis and or Mycobacterium bovis) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in HIV disease. It usually presents as reactivation of a pulmonary primary focus, with a risk of 7 to 10 per year for HIV-infected persons regardless of CD4 lymphocyte count, versus 10 per lifetime for HIV-negative persons. There can be involvement of the lungs, central nervous system (CNS), or other organs, with rhinosinusitis, diffuse or localized (scrofula) lymphadenopathy, skin and mucosal ulcers, chronic otitis, and laryngeal involvement. Fever, chills, night sweats, and weight loss may be the presenting symptoms of any form of tuberculosis. Hemoptysis may be a symptom of laryngeal, tracheobronchial, or pulmonary disease. The clinical presentation becomes more atypical as the immunosuppression worsens pulmonary TB presenting with essentially normal chest X ray is not uncommon in CD4 counts of less than 50 cells mm3. TB can also coexist with other...

What Does Giufeng Know about the TMJ

Mastoid Fluid Mri

Fig. 13.13a The axial T2-weighted MRI section through the mastoid shows fluid on both sides. This is indicative of mastoiditis. The patient also presented with the symptoms of middle-ear infection. As an unrelated finding the study shows a reten Fig. 13.13a The axial T2-weighted MRI section through the mastoid shows fluid on both sides. This is indicative of mastoiditis. The patient also presented with the symptoms of middle-ear infection. As an unrelated finding the study shows a reten tion cyst in the left maxillary sinus. b In another patient the middle-ear infection has perforated into the cranial vault. An acute and potentially lethal epidural (long arrow) and even an intracerebral abscess (short arrows) have resulted.

Wegeners Granulomatosis

Wegener's granulomatosis is an idiopathic vasculitis of small arteries, arterioles, and capillaries primarily affecting the upper aerodigestive tract, lungs, and kidneys. Typical presentation is in middle-aged patients with a slight male predominance. Otologic manifestations are common and range from 19 to 45 of cases (103). They include conductive hearing loss, sensorineural hearing loss, otalgia, otorrhea, and serous otitis media. Neurologic involvement is frequent with nearly half of patients demonstrating either peripheral or central neuropathy (104). Cranial nerve involvement was reported in 6.5 of patients (105). When the ear is affected by the disorder, facial nerve involvement has been estimated at 5 (103,106). Injury to the facial nerve may be from destructive granulomatous lesions involving the skull base, necrotizing vasculitis, or compressive effect due to granuloma in the middle ear (107). Pathologically, the disorder is characterized by noncaseating granulomas with...

Allergy and Dermatitis

There is clear evidence that otitis media with effusion is highly related to an allergic diathesis. When this converts to chronic draining otitis media, the allergic component would seem to still be relevant, although direct evidence is scant (17-19). Therefore, the surgeon must consider allergy evaluation, based on a patient history of other allergic diatheses, especially of the unified respiratory epithelium. Patients with chronic draining ear and allergic rhinitis, chronic rhinosinusitis, and asthma are strong candidates for allergy workup before contemplating surgical treatment. Contact allergy to chemicals used in ear drops is the most common type of dermatologic otitis externa. Hairsprays, dyes, and cosmetics can also result in an eczematoid and draining otorrhea. If the source of external canal weeping is not obvious, routine patch testing is strongly suggested (20). The autoeczematization (ID) reaction, which is an autoimmune reaction that may involve only the external...

Nonneoplastic Conditions

Tonsillar enlargement tonsillitis is a common disorder of childhood characterised by frequent episodes of sore throat, dysphagia and otitis media. Although it tends to resolve with age, persistent exacerbations may be treated by tonsillectomy with or without concomitant adenoidectomy. Tonsils may be removed in adults for chronic tonsillitis or if a neoplasm is suspected, particularly if there is asymmetrical or unilateral enlargement. Lymphoid follicles with well-formed germinal centres are seen there may be fibrosis. Actinomyces colonies (sulphur granules) may be present within the crypts. Florid tonsillar follicular hyperplasia may occur bilaterally in HIV infection.

Severe Chronic Neutropenia Patients

Staphylococcus Hominis Treatment

In patients with SCN, severe bacterial infections frequently occur during the first year of life. Postnatal omphalitis may be the first symptom, but later otitis media, pneu-monitis, infections of the upper respiratory tract, and abscesses of the skin or liver are also common infections, which often lead to the diagnosis of SCN. Blood cultures are positive for staphylococci or streptococci, but other bacteria, e.g., Pseudomonas and Peptostreptococcus, and fungi were reported. In addition, rare infections like a clostridial gas gangrene infection may occur in these patients. The outcome of these fulminant infections is often lethal owing to lack of neutrophil defense. Most patients have frequent aphthous stomatitis and gingival hyperplasia, leading to an early loss of permanent teeth.

Radiation Oncology Nurse

Radiation therapy provides an important role in the management of HGG. Nursing care provided by the radiation oncology nurse begins at the initial consult visit and continues into the early post-radiation phase. Patients and families must be educated regarding treatment schedules and expected effects and side effects. Options available to patients include conventional regional radiation, whole brain radiation, stereotactic radiosurgery such as gamma knife or photon beam, brachytherapy, and hyperthermia (31). It is often difficult to assess if symptoms are being caused by the radiation therapy itself, tumor growth, or other concurrent therapies. Acute symptoms occur within the first few weeks to months and are usually self-limiting. These include nausea but rarely vomiting, anorexia, impaired taste, fatigue, increased seizures, increased neurologic deficits, skin changes, hair loss, and impaired wound healing. Some patients whose radiation fields lie near the ear can experience hearing...

Common presenting symptoms

Common presenting symptoms in Australian practices are presented in Table 1.1 , 5 where they are compared with the United States of America. 6 The similarity is noticed but the different classification system does not permit an accurate comparison. In the third national survey of morbidity in general practice in Australia 5 the most common symptoms described by patients were cough (7.5 per 100 encounters), throat complaints (4.7 per 100), back complaints (3.8 per 100) and skin symptoms (3.6 per 100). In addition very common presentations included a check-up (13.6 per 100) and a request for prescription (8.8 per 100). McWhinney lists the ten most common presenting symptoms from representative Canadian and British practices but they are divided between males and females. 7 For males in the Canadian study these symptoms are (in order, starting from the most common) cough, sore throat, colds, abdominal pelvic pain, rash, fever chills, earache, back problems, skin inflammation and chest...

Allergic rhinosinusitis

The sinuses and in uncomplicated allergic rhinosinusitis, sinus radiographs may demonstrate mucosal thickening. Some patients may appreciate nasal congestion as headache rather than as facial pressure pain. Abnormal mobility of the tympanic membrane and the presence of otitis media commonly are noted. Fatigue, perhaps due to sleep disturbances caused by nasal airflow obstruction, commonly accompanies allergic rhinosinusitis (6). Otitis Although the direct contribution of allergic mechanisms to otitis media remain controversial, it is clear that obstruction to Eustachian tube drainage and resultant dysfunction can result in symptoms of ear fullness and diminished hearing and may contribute to the severity and persistence of otitis media. Allergic rhinosinusitis is an extremely common disorder. It is generally easily treated but may be complicated by sinusitis (acute or chronic) and otitis. Additionally, as for all allergic diseases, patients must be evaluated for non-head-and-neck...

Clinical Presentation

Disease at any site in the pharynx can present with dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), dysphonia (change in voice quality), otalgia (earache), cranial nerve palsies or cervical lymphadenopathy. In the nasopharynx, tumours may evoke deafness, otitis media, epistaxis (nose bleeds), nasal obstruction or palsy of cranial nerves (especially II-VI, IX, X, XII) while those in the oropharynx usually present with sore throat or dysphagia. Hypopharyngeal masses may cause dysphagia or signs of laryngeal involvement, such as hoarseness or a whistling sound during inspiration (stridor).

Physical Examination

HEENT Nystagmus, visual acuity, visual field deficits, papilledema facial weakness. Tympanic membrane inflammation (otitis media), cerumen. Effect of head turning or of placing the patient recumbent with head extended over edge of bed Rinne's test (air bone conduction) Weber test (lateralization of sound).

Commonly Occurring Disorders

Indian and Native youth and adults are at high risk for or have a high prevalence of the following mental retardation, speech impediments, learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Conduct Disorder, psychoactive substance abuse and dependence, depression, simple phobias, social phobias, separation anxiety, overanxious disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder (Manson et al., 1997 Manson & Brenneman, 1995 Manson, Walker, & Kivlahan, 1987). In addition, American Indian and Alaska Native youth experience high rates of Fetal Alcohol Effects or Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, otitis media, which can contribute to language and speech delays (McShane, 1982), suicide (Blum, Harmon, Harris, Bergeisen, & Resnick, 1992), and child abuse and neglect (Manson et al., 1997).

The Pneumococcal Cell Surface

This family of pneumococcal surface proteins are anchored to the cell wall by covalent linkage to peptidoglycan via a carboxy-terminal motif, LPXTG. This motif is recognized by a sortase enzyme, which links the threonine residue of the motif to the cell wall. Analysis of the pneumococal genome sequence (Tettelin et al., 2001) reveals a family of these proteins including hyaluronidase and neur-aminidase enzymes. Hyaluronidase breaks down the hyaluronic acid component of mammalian connective tissue and extracellular matrix and is secreted by 99 of clinical isolates of pneumococcus (Humphrey, 1948). Deletion of the hyaluronidase gene alone does not affect virulence in a mouse model of infection but deletion of hyaluronidase in a pneumolysin-negative background reduces the virulence of the pneumolysin-negative mutant (Berry and Paton, 2000). Neuramindase cleaves N-acetylneuraminic acid from glycolipids, lipoproteins and oligosaccharides on cell surfaces and in body fluids (Camara et al.,...

Limitations of Current Evidence

L'Abbe plot of studies of antibiotics versus placebo for pain relief at 2-7 days in children with acute otitis media. Figure 19.5. L'Abbe plot of studies of antibiotics versus placebo for pain relief at 2-7 days in children with acute otitis media. Figure 19.6. A cascade of explanations for the limited effects of antibiotics in children with acute otitis media (AOM). Of children with suspected AOM, only approximately 85 will actually have the condition (Karma et al., 1989). Only approximately 80 of children with true AOM have a bacterial infection (Howie et al., 1972), in which only approximately 82 of the bacteria are susceptible to the antibiotics used (Piglansky et al., 2003). Figure 19.6. A cascade of explanations for the limited effects of antibiotics in children with acute otitis media (AOM). Of children with suspected AOM, only approximately 85 will actually have the condition (Karma et al., 1989). Only approximately 80 of children with true AOM have a bacterial...

Diagnosis And Treatment The Infectious Etiologies

Both the external ear and the middle ear are susceptible to infection and both can present with otorrhea. External-ear infections (acute otitis externa) are most often caused by irritation to the ear, either from manipulation (fingers, Q-tips, etc.) or from environmental factors (water, debris, etc.). External-ear infections will present with ear pain and drainage. In bacterial otitis externa, the discharge is typically purulent. The main pathogens are Pseudomonas and Staphylococcal species, with a variable amount of anaerobes, as well (3). Typically, the ear will appear red and inflamed and be extremely sensitive to touch. In some cases, the ear can swell to the point where the tympanic membrane cannot be seen through the ear canal. Less commonly, the ear will demonstrate vesicles and pustules. Generally, this appearance is driven by pathology, since the vesicular lesions that tend to drain a clear, watery fluid, are usually viral in origin. In most...

The Maternal UPD14 Syndrome

With the exception of one case of no apparent phenotype (Papenhausen et al., 1995), which was insufficiently documented at the molecular level (Robinson and Langlois, 1996), all other cases further illustrated this emerging syndrome (Coviello et al., 1996 Tomkins et al., 1996 Sirchia et al., 1994 Barton et al., 1996 Linck et al., 1996 Walgenbach et al., 1997 Splitt and Goodship, 1997 Robinson et al., 1994 Desilets et al., 1997 Miyoshi et al., 1998 Ralph et al., 1999 Harrison et al., 1998 Fokstuen et al., 1999 Martin et al., 1999). The birth is often premature and the birthweight low for gestational age. In about 30 of cases, the head grows rapidly in the postnatal period, owing to a hydrocephalic condition that, however, arrests spontaneously. A suggestive facies with prominent forehead (in association with arrested hydrocephalus) and supraorbital ridges, a short philtrum, and downturned mouth corners are present (Figure 2). There is hypotonia, hyperextensible joints, mild to moderate...

Cerebral Vein Thrombosis

Cerebral vein thrombosis requires anticoagulation. Despite the frequent presence of hemorrhagic transformation, immediate heparin therapy is associated with an improvement in outcome. In the Einhaupl trial, when patients received a small 3,000 unit bolus and were anticoagulated with standard heparin, a dramatic improvement in outcome was seen compared to controls. Patients with severe neurological deficits may benefit from angiography and direct thrombolytic therapy of the venous obstruction. Patients with provoking factors such as ear infection or other local infections should be anticoagulated for six months. Patients with underlying hypercoagulable states should be anticoagulated indefinitely.

Tim J Mitchell 1 Introduction

Streptococcus pneumoniae (the pneumococcus) is a major human pathogen, causing diseases such as pneumonia, meningitis and otitis media. The organism is also carried asymptomatically in a large proportion of the population. The primary niche of the pneumococcus is the human nasopharynx where it exists asymptomati-cally as a commensal. Colonisation can occur within hours of birth and by twelve days post-birth the carriage rates are similar to that of the babies' mothers (Gray et al., 1980). Colonisation is usually transient lasting several weeks to months with up to four different capsular serotypes present at one time (Gillespie, 1989). Carriage rates are highest in young children reaching up to 60 . The most common diseases caused by the pneumococcus are pneumonia, otitis media, bacteraemia and meningitis. In the USA the pneumococcus causes several million cases of otitis media, over 500,000 cases of pneumonia, 50,000 cases of bacteraemia and 3000 cases of meningitis per year,...

Head and Neck Manifestations

Tuberculous otitis media is rare and usually represents hematogenous spread. Roughly one-half of the cases have no other evidence of present or past TB. The classic clinical picture is painless otorrhea with multiple tympanic perforations, exuberant granulation tissue, early severe hearing loss, and mastoid bone necrosis (see Chapter 25 for further discussion of otorrhea). The finding of multiple tympanic membrane perforations is most likely TB, possibly pathognomonic. Nonetheless, the diagnosis is difficult, even when tissue is available. Tuberculous otitis may be complicated by facial nerve paralysis, which is discussed in detail in Chapter 29. Response to drug therapy is excellent, and surgery usually is not required. Tuberculous Laryngitis. The pathogenesis of TB laryngitis has changed with the implementation of active chemotherapy. In the preantibiotic era, TB laryngitis was often encountered in advanced disease, along with oral and epiglottic lesions,...

Effects on Medium Term Outcomes

Reducing the proportion of children who develop a chronic effusion (otitis media with effusion) is important clinically, as persistence of the effusion may pre- Review Antibiotics for acute otitis media in children (Version 02) Figure 19.2. Results of meta-analysis of the effects of antibiotic compared to placebo for relief of pain in children with acute otitis media.


Fluoroquinolone antibiotics with enhanced Gram-positive activity primarily targeted at Streptococcus pneumoniae have been available for use in adults since 1996, but pediatric clinical trials did not start with any enhanced-activity fluoroqui-nolones for either respiratory tract or pneumococcal meningitis until a few years later. Early animal toxicology studies demonstrated a dose-dependent cartilage toxicity, primarily in weight-bearing joints in certain juvenile animals. Until the need for fluoroquinolones for resistant pathogens was demonstrated, no significant clinical investigation had been undertaken in infants and children outside of those treated for cystic fibrosis. Currently, published or presented data exist for the efficacy of trovafloxacin for meningitis (Saez-Llorens et al., 2002) (although this antibiotic may not be widely available), gatifloxacin for acute otitis media, and levofloxacin for otitis media and community-acquired pneumonia (Saez-Llorens et al., 2005 Sher...


Reducing secondary infections associated with measles A meta-analysis of six clinical trials found a 47 reduction in the incidence of croup in children with measles who were treated with 200 000 IU of vitamin A on 2 consecutive days. One study in the analysis reported a 74 reduction in the incidence of otitis media, but this was not confirmed in others. A statistically significant decrease in the duration of

Otic Diseases

Acute otitis media is a suppurative infection of the middle-ear cavity. Facial nerve involvement is considered a complication of the infection and often occurs from direct pathogen invasion of a dehiscent portion of the facial nerve course, most commonly in the horizontal segment of the facial nerve. Treatment consists of systemic antibiotic therapy against the most common pathogens Haemophilus influenzae, Moraxella catarrhalis, and Streptococcus pneumoniae. Drainage of the infected fluid from the middle-ear space with a wide myringotomy is mandatory. If mastoiditis is present, a cortical mastoidectomy for drainage is indicated. Any sequestrum must be removed. Most physicians do not advocate facial nerve decompression in this setting. Chronic Otitis Media. Chronic otitis media is an infection lasting more than six weeks with persistent otorrhea. Facial nerve involvement in this setting requires decompression of the facial nerve in addition to long-term antibiotics....


Tuberculosis is caused by an infection with the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculae. In 2004, 14,517 cases of tuberculosis were reported in the United States (17). The infection is spread via respiratory droplets. Pulmonary symptoms predominate, but any organ system can be affected. Spread to the ear can be via direct extension through the nasopharynx, from hematogenous spread, or on rare occasions, via direct implantation through a preexisting tympanic perforation. Tubercular otitis media occurs in 1 of all tuberculosis cases and currently accounts for roughly 0.1 of all cases of otitis media (18-20). Presentation of tubercular otitis is variable but classically is a painless, copious otorrhea with multiple or total tympanic membrane perforations and granulation tissue. Tubercular otitis media has a higher incidence of postauricular fistulae, preauricular lymphadenopathy, and facial nerve involvement when compared to other bacterial causes of otitis media. It is important to note that...

Sixth Nerve Palsies

Chinese Eyes

Petrous apex Ipsilateral seventh nerve palsy pain in eye or face otitis media, leakage of blood or cerebrospinal fluid from ear mastoid ecchymosis papilledema Cavernous sinus superior orbital fissure Ipsilateral Horner's syndrome ipsilateral IIIrd, IVth, Vth cranial nerve involvement proptosis disc edema orbital pain conjunctival injection Orbit Older infants and children may develop transient isolated sixth nerve palsies 1 to 3 weeks after nonspecific febrile or respiratory illnesses,267,405 after a specific viral illness such as varicella,350 after immunization,522 before mononucleosis,273 or without any obvious precipitating factor.435 Some of these palsies may recur, and the recurrences have no serious implica-tions.2,60,65,399,474,476 Again, aggressive investigation is not warranted, but two simple studies are advised (1) a complete blood count with differential, which may show lymphocytosis as evidence of a recent viral infection, and (2) examination of the ears for otitis...

Auditory Tests

Conduction deafness middle ear deafness (e.g otosclerosis, otitis media) nerve deafness - sensorineural deafness (e.g., presbycusis AC air conduction BC bone conduction. Conduction deafness middle ear deafness (e.g otosclerosis, otitis media) nerve deafness - sensorineural deafness (e.g., presbycusis AC air conduction BC bone conduction.


Extraesophageal Reflux Symptoms

Bronchiectasis, but not by otitis media, than those without GERD 66 . Esophageal clearance was significantly delayed in 89 children with chronic respiratory symptoms when compared with those with primarily gastrointestinal symptoms (n 83) or mixed symptoms (n 64) in a study determining the severity of acid reflux by pH metry 67 .

Baylaurel Leaf

Therapeutic Uses and Folklore ancient Greeks considered bay leaf holy. For Italians, it signifies good luck and protection. Bay leaf helps relieve pain in joints, chest, womb, and stomach. It also eases cramps and earaches. Bay leaf aids digestion by stimulating gastric secretion. Recent data show its hypoglycemic function to control diabetes and to have antiulcer activity. It has also been shown to have strong antimicrobial activity against pathogens in the gastrointestinal tract.

Treatment of AOM

Almost all AOM resolves spontaneously, usually within 7 days with only the rare child developing mastoiditis or chronic suppurative otitis (Rosenfeld et al., 1994). In most countries analgesics and antipyretics are used to control pain and fever, while in others decongestants are routinely advised. However, a Cochrane review of randomized trials showed that antihistamines and decongestants had little if any benefit (Flynn et al., 2002), but there have been no randomized trials of the use of various types of analgesics or antipyretics in children with AOM.

Fennel Seed

Therapeutic Uses and Folklore ancient Europeans considered fennel a sacred herb. The seeds were taken to ease coughs, to stop hiccups, sharpen eyesight, and cure earaches. Egyptians, Chinese, and Asian Indians used it as a remedy for snakebites and scorpion stings. Asian Indians blend fennel into a spice mixture called paan masala, used in betel leaves, which is then chewed after meals to aid digestion and sweeten the breath. Fennel soothes stomach upsets and is an ingredient in gripe

Other Etiologies

Tuberculosis (TB), although technically infectious in etiology, can often be associated with an aural form. Although the classic description of TB otitis media is a single central perforation with profuse, painless discharge (26,27), the disorder can cause a host of otologic complications, many of which will also present with otorrhea. A more detailed discussion of TB can be found in Chapter 12.

Auditory Tube

Signs of an ear infection in an infant or toddler are hard to miss irritability, screaming incessantly for no apparent reason, perhaps fever or tugging on the affected ear. A doctor viewing the painful ear with an instrument called an otoscope sees a red and bulging eardrum. The diagnosis otitis media, or a middle ear infection. Ear infections occur because the mucous membranes that line the auditory tubes are continuous with the linings of the middle ears, creating a conduit for bacteria infecting the throat or nasal passages to travel to the ear. This route to infection is greater in young children because their auditory tubes are shorter than they are in adults. Half of all children in the United States have an ear infection by the first birthday, and 90 have one by age six. Physicians treat acute otitis media with antibiotics. Because recurrent infections may cause hearing loss and interfere with learning, children with recurrent otitis media are often fitted with tympanostomy...

Diagnosis of AOM

Although many different diagnostic criteria have been proposed for AOM, a systematic review of the literature regarding the accuracy of clinical features of AOM identified only 4 studies of symptoms, all of which were potentially limited by incorporation bias (Rothman et al., 2003). Ear pain appeared to be the only useful symptom in diagnosis, with a positive likelihood ratio (LR) of 3.0-7.3, but was only present in 50-60 children with AOM. Ear rubbing (or pulling at the ears) had a positive LR of 3.3 (95 CI 2.1-5.1). The presence of fever was variably useful, while most other symptoms were of little value. A further study of clinical signs, which used tympanocentesis to confirm diagnosis, found that the most useful signs were a tympanic membrane that was cloudy (adjusted positive Likelihood Ratio, LR, of 34), distinctly red in colour (LR 8.4), bulging (LR 51) or retracted (LR 3.5) in position, with mobility that was distinctly (LR 31), or slightly (LR 4.0) impaired.

Data Collection

Beitel and colleagues at Children's Hospital in Boston compared the sensitivity and specificity of ED chief complaints and ICD-9 codes. Both chief complaints and ICD-9 codes demonstrated excellent specificity and moderate specificity for all respiratory infections. They were also able to demonstrate that adding the chief complaint codes of fever and earache could raise the sensitivity but lower the specificity. Although ICD-9 codes are superior to chief complaints, the timeliness of chief complaints and the possibility of improving the accuracy and or sensitivity of chief complaint codes make them an attractive alternative.

Clinical Overview

Physical manifestations of WBS usually include involvement of the cardiovascular system, most often as a narrowing of the ascending aorta (SVAS) although a generalized arteriopathy can lead to vascular stenoses in other vessels, and hypertension is common in later life. Stellate irides, flat nasal bridge, short, up-turned nose with anteverted nostrils, long philtrum, full lips and lower cheeks, and a small chin are the recognizable facial features. Other symptoms include hernias, visual impairment, hypersensitivity to sound, chronic otitis media, malocclusion, small or missing teeth, renal anomalies, constipation, vomiting, growth deficiency, infantile hypercalcemia, musculoskeletal abnormalities, and a hoarse voice (11,12). As WBS individuals grow older they may also present with premature graying of the hair, diabetes and impaired glucose tolerance, decreased bone mineral density, sensorineural hearing loss, and a high frequency of psychiatric symptoms (13).


Phenoxymethylpenicillin has been shown to induce minor variations in numbers of aerobic and anaerobic gastrointestinal microorganisms in healthy adults (5,6) and in infants treated for upper or lower respiratory tract infections or otitis media (7). Penicillin that reaches the gastrointestinal tract is destroyed by beta-lactamase produced by the microorganisms. Despite the low concentration of the agent in feces, generally under the detection level, occasional new colonization with Gram-negative aerobic rods has been observed during administration.

Lucky Song

Carlos Antenna (32) has been fighting a middle ear infection for a couple of weeks. He suffers from pain and his hearing has decreased. He was a bit late to visit his ENT specialist because he has been traveling much lately for professional reasons. He has not really been taking his expensive antibiotics, either, because he left the package at home. Now another spike of fever has forced him to see his doctor again. The colleague immediately referred him to radiology for a radiograph. Hannah has a real close look at the Sch ller view (Fig. 13.11).