Acute mastoiditis is a serious and potentially life-threatening complication of acute otitis media, most commonly encountered in young children. While the mainstay of management within the UK has been surgical, recently a more conservative approach with antibiotic therapy with or without needle aspiration has been used in some cases. Acute mastoiditis is uncommon, and it has therefore been difficult to build large datasets, leaving the comparative outcomes from different management techniques unknown.
The British Society of Otology (BSO) and the British Association for Paediatric Otolaryngologists (BAPO) have joined forces with INTEGRATE to develop an audit to investigate current practice and patient outcomes, coving a period both before, during and after the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, thus capturing any recent shift in practice.
This work has been supported by BSO, BAPO, ENTUK and the North West ENT Research Fund.