Diagnosis of ear pain.

  title={Diagnosis of ear pain.},
  author={John W. Ely and Marlan R Hansen and Elizabeth C. Clark},
  journal={American family physician},
  volume={77 5},
Many patients in primary care present with ear pain (otalgia). When the ear is the source of the pain (primary otalgia), the ear examination is usually abnormal. When the ear is not the source of the pain (secondary otalgia), the ear examination is typically normal. The cause of primary otalgia is usually apparent on examination; the most common causes are otitis media and otitis externa. The cause of secondary otalgia is often difficult to determine because the innervation of the ear is… CONTINUE READING
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