Otitis Media and Myringotomy in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children

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Otitis media is an umbrella term encompassing all types of inflammation and infection of the middle ear, which is the air-filled, membrane-lined cavity located behind the eardrum. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, who have the highest rate of middle ear disease in the world.

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Otitis media is an umbrella term encompassing all types of inflammation and infection of the middle ear, which is the air-filled, membrane-lined cavity located behind the eardrum. People of all ages can be affected by otitis media, but it is most common among young children, especially those between 6 and 18 months of age. It is estimated that about 75% of children will have experienced at least one episode of otitis media by the time they start school. In most cases, otitis media arises from a viral or bacterial infection that initially presents as a cold. The infection may then spread to the middle ear through the eustachian tube, causing swelling and a build-up of fluid. As this places pressure on the eardrum, there is a risk that the eardrum will perforate (burst).

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Adele Hainsworth
14 May 2021
Good resource explaining the different types of Otitis Media and the reason for higher prevalence in Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people. Treatment groups are becoming more available but much more education and services need to be established.
Lynette Holland
24 Jul 2021
Astounding statistics regarding indigenous children. Confirms more resources and education is required to tackle this problem.
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Zoe Bartheyl
14 May 2021
Great information provided for an important topic
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Cassandra Bond
13 May 2021
So much info and great references
Donna Hope
17 Feb 2022
Walter Quealy
11 May 2021
Working as a peri-operative nurse I found this article was a great resource to get a better understanding of myringotomy surgery. The images are excellent.
Nicola Haggart
17 Feb 2022
Great article, very informative
Maxine Lamb
06 Jul 2021
An interesting article. Provides excellent information.
Karen Lovett
24 Apr 2022
Maria Potts
17 May 2022
Enrolled Nurse
Good source of information.
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