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For a diagnosis of Acute otitis media, the following list of conditions have been mentioned in sources as possible alternative diagnoses to consider during the diagnostic process for Acute otitis media:
The other diseases for which Acute otitis media is listed as a possible alternative diagnosis in their lists include:
Painful ear conditions: A patient with a painful ear often requires urgent attention and most of these cases are expected to have acute otitis media. It can occur at any age but is most common in children where otitis media is the most common cause. Ear ache can be caused by disorders of the ear or may arise from other surrounding structures and in many instances the precise diagnosis is difficult to make. Some of the conditions of the external ear that can cause otalgia include otitis externa, perichondritis, furunculosis, trauma, wax impaction and viral infections. In the middle ear it is most commonly acute otitis media, acute mastoiditis and eustachian tube insufficiency. Pain from the surrounding areas can be referred such as dental idsorders, parotitis, cervical dyfunction and lymph node inflammation.
Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.
When checking for a misdiagnosis of Acute otitis media or confirming a diagnosis of Acute otitis media, it is useful to consider what other medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative conditions relevant to diagnosis. These alternate diagnoses of Acute otitis media may already have been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Acute otitis media. For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases, see Overview of Misdiagnosis.
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