This kind of ear infection can happen after any condition that keeps fluid from draining from the middle ear. Acute otitis media- This middle ear infection occurs suddenly. Chronic otitis media- This is a middle ear infection that does not go away, or happens repeatedly, over.
Evaluation and management of chronic otitis media (COM) in adults are also discussed separately. (See "Chronic otitis media, cholesteatoma.
Acute otitis media is diagnosed in patients with acute onset, presence of middle ear effusion, physical evidence of middle ear inflammation, and.