This site is intended for healthcare professionals
  • Home
  • /
  • Guidelines
  • /
  • Otitis media
  • /
  • Otitis media with effusion in under 12s: surgery
Guideline

Otitis media with effusion in under 12s: surgery

Read time: 1 mins
Last updated:27th Feb 2008

Otitis media with effusion (OME) is a common condition of early childhood in which an accumulation of fluid within the middle ear space causes hearing impairment. The hearing loss is usually transient and self-limiting over several weeks, but may be more persistent and lead to educational, language and behavioural problems.

This guideline covers surgical treatment of children younger than 12 years who have fluid buildup behind their eardrum (otitis media, also known as ‘glue ear’). It aims to improve hearing and quality of life in children with otitis media.

Read full guideline