What is otitis externa (OE)?

Updated: Mar 09, 2020
  • Author: Ariel A Waitzman, MD, FRCSC; Chief Editor: Ravindhra G Elluru, MD, PhD  more...
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Otitis externa (OE) is an inflammation or infection of the external auditory canal (EAC), the auricle, or both. [1, 2, 3] This condition can be found in all age groups. [4] See the image below.

Acute otitis externa. Ear canal is red and edemato Acute otitis externa. Ear canal is red and edematous, and discharge is present.

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