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Otalgia

  

Otalgia is defined as ear pain.


Assessment

Consider possible causes

  • otitis externa, otitis media
  • tonsillitis, temporo-mandibular joint pain, neuralgia
  • referred pain from cervical spine, teeth, base of tongue, tonsils.
Management

Treat underlying condition.

Referral threshold

Please remember that unilateral unexplained head/neck pain for more than four weeks, with otalgia and normal ear drum, would qualify for Two Week Wait referral, rather than using the Referral Support Service.

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