How is otitis externa (OE) diagnosed, and when should a consultation with a specialist be considered?

Updated: Mar 09, 2020
  • Author: Ariel A Waitzman, MD, FRCSC; Chief Editor: Ravindhra G Elluru, MD, PhD  more...
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The patient’s history and physical examination, including otoscopy, usually provide sufficient information for the clinician to make the diagnosis of OE. Note that a patient who is diabetic or immunocompromised with severe pain in the ear should have necrotizing OE excluded by an otolaryngologist.


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