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Bacterial Isolates And Drug Susceptibility Patterns Of Ear Discharge From Patients With Ear Infection At Gonder University Hospital

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Muluye, D., Wondimeneh, Y. Ferede, G., Moges, F., Nega, T. (2013). Bacterial isolates and drug susceptibility patterns of ear discharge from patients with ear infection at Gonder University Hospital, Northwest Ethiopia. Bio Med Central Ear Nose and Throat Disorders, 13, 1-5. Retrieved from http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6815/13/10

When treating ear infections with antibiotics, the big question is, “will this drug cover this germ?” Oftentimes, the practitioner will prescribe a broad spectrum antibiotic, which is effective against a wide range of microorganisms from throat infections, such as strep to skin infections, such as impetigo or a narrow spectrum antibiotics, which are bacteria specific. Unfortunately, these medications do not cover every microbe, therefore simple tests must be performed to identify the organism and determine the sensitivity and resistance of specific antibiotics. If a germ is sensitive to a specific antibiotic, indications are probable this is the drug of choice to isolate and destroy the specific germ. When a germ is resistant to a specific drug, the drug is not indicated for treatment. Should a patient be given a narrow or broad spectrum antibiotic for purulent ear exudate or should a culture be performed to ensure the drug will destroy the microbe? Is something better than nothing? Unfortunately, ear infections can be very painful and cause inner ear damage such as perforated tympanic membrane, diminished hearing, and rare
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