Acute Otitis Externa in Children, Emergency Department, Paediatrics

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Abstract

Definition:

  • Inflammation of the skin of the External Auditory Meatus
  • Can be localised (confined to meatus) or generalised (involves other areas of skin)
  • Can be acute (less than 6 weeks duration) or chronic
  • Affects 10% of the population at some point, however in children acute otitis media is much more common, with or without a secondary otitis externa.

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