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01 Apr 2004

Middle Ear Infection
After several trips to both GPs and specialists with a 7month child who was fractious with temperature spikes, a peadiatrician diagnosed a middle ear infection (he got an ENT to confirm the diagnosis), and said it had been there for a few weeks. He prescribed Orelox (sp?), and said we should consult an ENT after a few weeks to ensure that the infection had cleared.

Why is dagnosing this sort of thing so difficult that the baby had to go through weeks of pain while we thought she was merely beng difficult and grumpy?
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childhood diseases
paediatrician

01 Jan 0001

Most things in medicine is difficult to say with certainty. An ear inspection is part of the usual routine examination, but it is often difficult to tell if there are definite signs of infection and whether the infection is likely to be bacterial, which will respond to anti-biotics. I understand your frustration and agree that my profession is often at fault, but sometimes life is not as easy as it seems.
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