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- Natural history, definitions, risk factors and burden of otitis media
Coates, Harvey L. C.
- The University of Newcastle. Faculty of Health, School of Medicine and Public Health
- Otitis media remains a major health problem in Australia, with an unacceptably great dichotomy of incidence and severity of otitis media and its complications between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Among most children with acute otitis media, infection resolves rapidly with or without antibiotics, with ongoing middle ear effusion the only sequela. Overcrowding, poor living conditions, exposure to cigarette smoke, and lack of access to medical care are all major risk factors for otitis media. Estimates of the number of cases of otitis media in 2008 vary between 992000 and 2430000 Australians, with a total estimated cost of $100-$400 million.
- Medical Journal of Australia Vol. 191, Issue 9, p. S39-S43
- Australasian Medical Publishing Company
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- journal article
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