What is the purpose of otoscopic exam in the workup 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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In cases of external ear infection, otoscopic examination must be performed in conjunction with evaluation of related structures (eg, the external ear and the head and neck). For example, the auricle should be examined for swelling, deformity, and erythema; the face, for evidence of facial nerve paresis or other cranial neuropathy; and the neck, for masses.


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