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The painful ear: assessment and management

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Katherine Sheard MBBCh, Stephanie Edwards MBChB, MRCS, Vinod Prabhu FRCS
Foundation Years Journal, volume 7, issue 4, p.67 (123Doc Education, London, April 2013)


Ear pain, or otalgia, is a common symptom encountered throughout a variety of hospital based specialities. In this paper the causes of otalgia, anatomy, investigations and basic management of common and important underlying conditions are discussed in order to provide junior doctors with a systematic framework for approaching the patient with otalgia.

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Katherine Sheard MBBCh

General Practice Year 2
Singleton Hospital

Stephanie Edwards MBChB, MRCS

Core Surgical Training Year 2
Singleton Hospital

Vinod Prabhu FRCS

ENT Registrar
Singleton Hospital


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