The National Audit of Paediatric Mastoiditis

The British Society of Otology (BSO) and the British Association for Paediatric Otolaryngologists (BAPO) have joined forces with INTEGRATE, the national trainee led research collaborative, to develop an audit to investigate current practice and patient outcomes in paediatric mastoiditis.

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. COVID-19 has provided a unique opportunity to look at outcomes from a period of, perhaps, more conservative management. Data will be collected to cover periods before, during and after the initial peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, to capture any recent shifts in practice.

The project is supported by BSO, BAPO, ENTUK, INTEGRATE and a grant from the North West ENT Research Fund.

Please support this important project.  See the INTEGRATE website (link above) for more details and the registration link.

If there are any queries please contact mastoiditis@entintegrate.co.uk