DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18203/issn.2454-5929.ijohns20174326

A study on clinical profile of non otogenic otalgia

Valli Rajasekaran, Sharath Kumar B. V.

Abstract


Background: Ear pain can be because of pathologies in the ear or in the surrounding head and neck region. This is because of rich innervations of the ear. Sometimes it poses a diagnostic challenge.

Methods: A cross sectional study was conducted in our institute where patients with ear pain were evaluated. Those with non otogenic causes were included in the study. 59 patients were identified and studied for the underlying cause. The sociodemographic profiles of the patients with varying etiologies were studied.  

Results: The most common cause for referred pain was temporomandibular joint dysfunction. This was more common in 15-45 years and in older age group cervical spondylosis was more common. There was no significant sex predominance.

Conclusions: Careful detailed evaluation of the patient should be done to identify the exact underlying cause and treat effectively.


Keywords


Referred otalgia, Temporomandibular joint dysfunction, Cervical spondylosis

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