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Otitis Media (Secretory)

Serous Otitis Media

The Eustachian tube allows fluid to drain from the middle ear. Sometimes, fluid cannot drain from the tube. This may cause an acute or chronic problem known as serous otitis media. An acute problem is one that does not last for a long time. Acute serous media is often caused by an infection or allergy. A chronic problem is one that lasts for a long time. Chronic serous otitis media may happen when the tube stays blocked because the fluid is too thick to drain from the tube. This problem may go away on its own without treatment. If the fluid becomes infected, you may have ear infections more often. Your ears may feel like they are full and you may not be able to hear as well.

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