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Longer course of antibiotics better for acute otitis media in young children


In children aged 6 to 23 months with acute otitis media, limiting antimicrobial treatment to 5 days rather than the standard 10 days resulted in more clinical failures and more symptoms with no differences in rates of recurrence, adverse events, or nasopharyngeal colonization with penicillin-nonsusceptible pathogens, according to results of a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.


Hoberman A, et al. Shortened antimicrobial treatment for acute otitis media in young children. N Engl J Med. 2016;375(25):2446–56.

Kenna MA. Acute otitis media—the long and the short of it. N Engl J Med. 2016;375(25):2492–3.

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