What is serous otitis media?
Thereof, what does serous otitis media mean?
Serous otitis media (SOM), also known as otitis media with effusion (OME), fluid in the ear, middle ear effusion (MEE), or secretory otitis media, is a condition in which fluid resides in the middle ear. "Serous" refers to the type of fluid that is collecting inside the middle ear.
One may also ask, what is the difference between serous and suppurative otitis media? Most pediatricians recognize and treat acute otitis media several times each day. Acute suppurative otitis media is distinguished from secretory (serous) otitis media by the presence of purulent fluid in the middle ear. Pathogenic bacteria may be cultured from the majority of needle aspirates of this purulent fluid.
Also asked, how is serous otitis media treated?
(Serous Otitis Media) Most cases resolve in 2 to 3 weeks. If there is no improvement in 1 to 3 months, some form of myringotomy is indicated, usually with insertion of a tympanostomy tube. Antibiotics and decongestants are not effective.
Is Otitis Media dangerous?
Otitis media not only causes severe pain but may result in serious complications if it is not treated. An untreated infection can travel from the middle ear to the nearby parts of the head, including the brain.