What are the symptoms associated with acute otitis media?
Can complications of acute otitis media (AOM) be life-threatening?
Although complications of AOM are rare, very young children are still at risk of developing complications because their immune systems are still developing.3
Complications include: 3
- Problems with speech and language development
- Facial paralysis
- Brain abscess
- Liese J, et al. Incidence and clinical presentation of acute otitis media in children aged <6 years in European medical practices. Epidemiol Infect 2014; 142: 1778–88.
- American Academy of Pediatrics and American Academy of Family Physicians. Diagnosis and Management of Acute Otitis Media. Pediatrics 2004; 113: 1451–66.
- NHS Choices. Complications of middle ear infection. Available at: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Otitis-media/Pages/Complications.aspx [Last accessed June 2015].