Treatment of the discharging ear – Survey of General Practitioners
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Background: The treatment of a discharging ear with a perforated tympanic membrane remains controversial. There is a consensus amongst otolaryngologists that topical antibiotic preparations are the most effective way of treating ear infections, and are generally safe to use in the face of an active infection. Little meaningful data is available and many of the studies are based on animals, which are not ideal due to anatomical differences across species. In light of the disparity of opinion surrounding this issue, we conducted a survey to determine the current practice of GPs in our local area (Berkshire).
- Authors: T Galm, A Hunt & D Thio
- Keywords: Ear diseases, tympanic membrane perforation, otitis, aminoglycosides
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