Causes of referred otalgia: a hospital-based study

Authors

  • Aditiya Saraf Department of ENT, SMGS Hospital, GMC Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India
  • Raies Ahmad Begh Department of ENT, SMGS Hospital, GMC Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India
  • Deep Jyoti Department of ENT, SMGS Hospital, GMC Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India
  • Parmod Kalsotra Department of ENT, SMGS Hospital, GMC Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18203/issn.2454-5929.ijohns20201692

Keywords:

Referred, Dental, Otalgia

Abstract

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.

Author Biography

Parmod Kalsotra, Department of ENT, SMGS Hospital, GMC Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India

Professor and Head

References

Powers WH, Britton BH. Nonotogenic otalgia: diagnosis and treatment. Am J Otol. 1980;2:97-104.

Ely JW, Hansen MR, Clark EC. Diagnosis of ear pain. Am Fam Physician. 2008;77(5):621-8.

Shah RK, Blevins NH. Otalgia. Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2003;36:1137-51.

Olsen KD. The many causes of otalgia- infection, trauma, cancer. Postgrad Med. 1986;80:50-63.

Thaller SR. Otalgia with a normal ear. Am Fam Physician. 1987;36:129-36.

Wazzen JJ. Referred Otalgia. Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 1989;22:1205-15.

Charlett SD, Coatesworth AP. Referred otalgia: a structured approach to diagnosis and treatment. Int J Clin Pract. 2007;61(6):1015-21.

Chen RC, Khorsandi AS, Shatzkes DR, Holliday RA. The radiology of referred otalgia. Am J Neuroradiol. 2009;30:1817-23.

Taboo ZA, Buraa MF. Etiology of referred otalgia. Iraqi Postgrad Med J. 2013;12(3):436-42.

Siamak M, Mohammad J, Maryam B. Prevalence of referred pain with pulpal origin in the head, face and neck region. IEC. 2008;3.

Kiakojoori K, Tavakoli HR. Cases of referral otalgia in patients referred to Shahid Beheshti clinic babol 1999. J Babol Univ Med Sci. 2002;5(1):41-3.

Taziki MH, Behnampour N. A study of the etiology of referred otalgia. Iran J Otorhinolaryngol. 2012;24(69):171-6.

Jaber JJ, Leonetti P, Lawrason A. Cervical spine causes for referred otalgia. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2008;138:479-85.

Kim D, Cheang P, Dover S. Dental otalgia. J Laryngol Otol. 2007;121:1129-34.

Behnoud F, Zandi M. Survey etiologic factor in otalgia and correlation with temporomandibular joint in patient referred to ENT clinic in Emam khomani hospital in Hamedan Jul-Nov 2000. Hamedan University of Medical Sciences, College of medicine: Hamedan; 2000.

Downloads

Published

2020-04-21

Issue

Section

Original Research Articles