Complications of Ear Infections
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Complications from ear infections are rare, but they can arise. Some problems that can occur include:
Another complication of acute ear infections is ongoing inflammation of the middle ear, a condition called chronic suppurative otitis media. The major symptom of this condition is repeat or ongoing drainage of pus from the ear through a small hole in the eardrum. Many children with chronic suppurative otitis media have some hearing loss. Antibiotic therapy is the usual treatment for this condition.
The following complications may also develop if there are repeat ear infections:
Rare complications include infection in the:
These problems are rare, and they are becoming even more rare.
Primary Medical Reviewer Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics
Current as ofOctober 6, 2017
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