We followed symptoms of children with acute otitis media (AOM), who were enrolled in a clinical trial that included a baseline tympanocentesis. We observed marked and rapid improvement in symptom scores after tympanocentesis. Although symptom scores (measured by the AOM-SOS) correlated with overall clinical assessment and bacteriologic outcome, the early effect of tympanocentesis rendered the AOM-SOS less useful as a primary outcome measure.
- acute otitis media
- patient-reported outcome measure