Diagnostic Criteria for Acute Pharyngitis

Adults

Clinical suspicion of streptococcal pharyngitis (e.g., fever, tonsillar swelling, exudate, enlarged/tender anterior cervical lymph nodes, absence of cough or coryza) with

  • History of rheumatic fever or
  • Documented household exposure or
  • Positive rapid strep screen

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Definition of Acute Otitis Media (AOM)

A diagnosis of AOM requires:

  1. a history of acute onset of signs and symptoms,

  2. the presence of middle-ear effusion (MEE), and

  3. signs and symptoms of middle-ear inflammation.

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Diagnostic Criteria for Meniere’s Disease

Meniere´s disease is defined as recurrent, spontaneous episodic vertigo, hearing loss, aural fullness and tinnitus. Recurrent endolymphatic hypertension (hydrops) is believed to cause the episodes.

According to the guidelines from AAO-HNS Committee of Hearing and Equilibrium the three major symptoms are described as follows:

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