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Rapid onset of signs and symptoms of inflammation in middle ear that manifests clinically as one or more of the following:
If effusion (accumulation of liquid in middle ear cavity) present, signs and symptoms of acute infection are absent.
MEANS OF CONFIRMATION AND DIAGNOSIS
Prudent antibiotic use.