n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - An approach to chronic otitis media with effusion - the pros and cons of grommets : main article

Volume 28, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



Otitis media (OM) is an inflammatory (possibly infectious) condition of the middle ear, together with fluid behind an intact tympanic membrane. OM may be classified in relation to the effusion composition, i.e. serous (SOM), mucoid (MOM), or purulent (POM). However, these three entities are just different stages of a dynamic process - SOM progresses to MOM, and POM, as it resolves, usually progresses to SOM. OM is better classified by clinical stage.

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