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How should I conduct thorough ear examinations in my patients?
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A thorough physical examination of the ear should include 3 independent parts:
- Pinnal and preauricular skin examination
- Otoscopic examination
- Tympanic membrane assessment
1 Pinnal & Preauricular Skin Examination
Examination of the pinnae to assess for primary and secondary lesions can help formulate a list of differential diagnoses and diagnostic tests. Lesions found on the pinnae may also suggest conditions such as allergy, inflammatory/autoimmune conditions, infections, and infestations.
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