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[Pain as a symptom in otolaryngology conditions].

Authors
  • Hans, S
  • Brasnu, D
Type
Published Article
Journal
Annales d'oto-laryngologie et de chirurgie cervico faciale : bulletin de la Société d'oto-laryngologie des hôpitaux de Paris
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2007
Volume
124 Suppl 1
Identifiers
PMID: 18047857
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

Pain is very frequent in otolaryngology disease: headaches, facial pain, earaches, and neck pain. The search for nasal pathology with maxillary sinus, sphenoidal, or ethmoidal involvement is part of the workup for headache. Facial pain should first suggest symptomatic neuralgia through involvement of the cranial nerves - trigeminal, glossopharyngeal, superior laryngeal - even if asymptomatic neuralgia are the most frequent. Earaches should be investigated through a search for involvement of the ear at the pinna, the external acoustic conduit, and the tympanic membrane. If the ear examination is normal, pain irradiating from the masticatory apparatus, the parotid, or the oropharynx is undertaken, with a systematic search for a tumoral cause.

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