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Chronic otitis media

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Metadata item type:Help on this termGlossary Item
METeOR identifier:Help on this term682003
Registration status:Help on this termIndigenous, Endorsed 05/12/2017
Definition:Help on this term

The term used to describe a variety of signs, symptoms, and physical findings that result from the long-term damage to the middle ear by infection and inflammation. This includes the following:

  • severe retraction or perforation of the tympanic membrane (a hole in the tympanic membrane )
  • scarring or erosion of the small, sound conducting bones of the middle ear
  • chronic or recurring drainage from the ear
  • inflammation causing erosion of the bony cover or the facial nerve, balance canals, or cochlea (hearing organ)
  • erosion of the bony borders of the middle ear or mastoid, resulting in infection spreading to the meninges (the coverings of the brain) or brain
  • presence of cholesteatoma
  • persistence of fluid behind an intact tympanic membrane.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Reference documents:Help on this term

University of Maryland Medical Center. Ear Infections 2017. Viewed 2 August 2017,

Relational attributes

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Chronic otitis media type Indigenous, Endorsed 05/12/2017

Chronic otitis media type code N[N] Indigenous, Endorsed 05/12/2017

Closing the Gap/Child Health Check Initiative: Ear, nose and throat operation summary form DSS Indigenous, Endorsed 05/12/2017

Patient—chronic otitis media type, code N[N] Indigenous, Endorsed 05/12/2017

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