Causes of referred otalgia: a hospital-based study

Aditiya Saraf, Raies Ahmad Begh, Deep Jyoti, Parmod Kalsotra


Background: The aim of our study was to evaluate various etiologies of referred otalgia.

Methods: The present study was conducted in the department of ENT, SMGS Hospital, GMC Jammu from January 2019 to January 2020. A total of 65 patients with complaint of pain in ear but normal ear examination was included in our study. All patients underwent complete ENT examination.  

Results: The most common cause for referred otalgia was dental pathology (58.4%), followed by pharyngitis (16.9%), tonsillitis (10.7%), supraglottic cancer (7.6%), cervical spine pathology (3.07%) and peritonsillar abscess (3.07%).

Conclusions: Otalgia is a symptom with diverse causes. Though many causes are otogenic, referred pain from other regions of head and neck is also very common.


Referred, Dental, Otalgia

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