Ear Discharge (Otorrhoea)

Last updated 22.05.13

 

Index

 

Definition

-  Discharge from external auditory canal

 

Causes

-  Purulent/mucoid

-  Otits externa

-  Infected perforation or grommet

-  Chronic suppurative otitis media

-  Infected cholesteatoma

-  Foreign body

-  Clear (CSF)

-  Head injury

-  Surgery

-  Blood stained

-  Otitis media

-  Acute otitis media

-  Chronic suppuritive otitis media

-  Cholesteatoma

-  Tumours

-  External auditary canal tumour

-  Glomus tumour

-  Middle ear tumour

 

Associated S/S

-  Ear exam

-  Ear discharge

-  Fever

 

Ix

-  Otoscopy

-  +/- swab for MCS

 

Mx

-  As per cause

-  Consider referral

 

 

 

References