Chronic Otitis Media: When And What To Do?

Chronic otitis media: when and what to do?


In 2013–14, ear problems constituted 3.6 out of every 100 general practice consultations. Of the 3.6 per 100 encounters, 0.8 of these encounters were due to acute otitis media / myringitis, and 0.8 were due to ear wax problems. In addition, 5% of medical specialist referrals were to an ear, nose and throat specialist. Effective assessment and appropriate management of individuals presenting with symptoms related to the ears or nose is an important part of general practice.

This educational activity aims to provide practical information for GPs on diagnosis and management of Chronic otitis media, and highlight the red flags for referral to specialists.


  1. Describe the pathophysiology and chronic evolution of chronic otitis media
  2. Identify the different types of COM and the appropriate treatment for each presentation
  3. Discuss a systematic approach to identification of dysfunctions requiring referral.
Chronic otitis media: when and what to do?
  • Presenter(s):Jean-Marc Gerard
  • Host:Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
  • Duration:53.40min
  • Activity ID:129888
  • QI&CPD Points:2
  • Provider:Lateral Connections

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