What role does cerumen impaction play in the evaluation of 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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Cerumen impaction is the most common abnormality found on otoscopic examination, yet only a small proportion of the general population requires regular disimpaction because the EAC has the innate ability both to produce and to clear itself of cerumen. Cerumen may vary in color and consistency, and cerumen impaction may coexist with other pathologic conditions.


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