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A summary of empiric antimicrobial therapy for common conditions encountered in otolaryngology can be found in Table 2–1. In general, when culture and susceptibility data are finalized, it is important to use the narrowest agent possible. This may not only be cost effective in many cases but will also decrease selection pressure for the development of antimicrobial resistance.

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Table 2–1. Examples of Initial Antimicrobial Therapy for Selected Conditions in Head and Neck Infection. 

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