Otitis media with effusion in children - suspected

Scope

This guidance covers suspected otitis media with effusion (OME) in children.

Red Flags

Refer these patients to secondary care:

  • Cleft palate (not lip)
  • Down Syndrome
  • Turner Syndrome
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Craniofacial anomalies

Management

  • Valsalva manoeuvre
  • Avoid passive smoking around the children via parents/carers or others

Referral

Referral Criteria

Referral to Paediatric Audiology if:

OME present for more than 6 weeks and developmentally under 4 years

Referral to ENT if:

OME present for more than 6 weeks and developmentally 4 years or older

Referral Instructions

To refer to Paediatric Audiology:

e-Referral selection

  • Speciality: Children's & Adolescent Services
  • Clinic type: Audiology
  • Service: DRSS-South Devon & Torbay-Children's & Adolescent Services- Devon CCG - 15N
To refer to ENT:

e-Referral selection

  • Speciality: Children's & Adolescent Services
  • Clinic type: ENT
  • Service: DRSS-South Devon & Torbay-Children's & Adolescent Services- Devon CCG - 15N

Referral Forms

DRSS referral form

Torbay and South Devon seeking advice form

Supporting Information

Pathway Group

This guideline has been signed off by South Devon and Torbay CCG

Publication date: August 2017

 

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