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Three-year-old C.E. is admitted to the Emergency Department (ED) fast track clinic. Her mother tells the nurse that C.E. has had a low-grade fever for 22 days and is complaining of ear pain and a sore throat. Mrs. E. states that C.E.'s appetite has been “off,” but she has been drinking and using the bathroom as usual.

As you get C.E. settled in the exam room, what routine information regarding risk factors for otitis media (OM) would you want to obtain from Mrs. E.?


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Otitis media is the infection of the middle ear. This is the air-filled space that is found behind the eardrum and houses the three ossicles, which transfer the vibrations from the eardrums to the inner ear. The infection can be caused by a bacteria or a virus and leads to the congestion and swelling of the eustachian tube.
Risk factors include age, involvement in group child care, allergies, air quality, or cleft palate.

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