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Otorrhoea (Aural/ ear discharge) definition, causes, ddx, types

Definition: Otorrhoea describes any discharge which comes out from the ear (from clear to purulent) through a prforation in the tympanic membrane or through a ventilation tube (surgically placed).

Types and causes of Otorrhoea

A-Watery: Cerebrospinal otorrhoea, due to:
  • Trauma either fracture base of the skull or after stapedectomy. 
  • Tumours.
E- Bloody:

2-Bullous myringitis.
  • Glomus. 
  • Malignant.


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