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Glossary for Ear pain

Medical terms related to Ear pain or mentioned in this section include:

  • Acoustic neuroma: A rare benign tumor that forms in the hearing canal. Can cause tinnitus, progressive hearing loss, headaches, facial numbness, papilledema, dizziness and an unsteady walk. Speaking and swallowing difficulty can occur in advanced stages. Also called acoustic neurilemoma, acoustic neurinoma and acoustic neurofibroma.
  • Adenoiditis: Infection of the adenoids in the nasal-throat region
  • Aerotitis syndrome: Trauma to the blood vessels in the ears caused by rapid changes in atmospheric pressure. Blockage of the Eustachian tube in the ear prevents equalization of air pressure and a vacuum develops inside the ear. Yawning or chewing can sometimes alleviate symptoms by opening up the Eustachian tube.
  • Aggressive fibromatosis -- parapharyngeal space: A type of tumor that occur near in the space around the pharynx and is locally invasive but not malignant. They tend to occur mainly in the head and neck region and symptoms depend on the exact location and aggressiveness of the tumor. Tumors often reoccur after surgical removal which then requires further treatment with radiation and chemotherapy.
  • Aspergillus niger infection: A rare fungal infection that often causes a black mould to appear on some fruit and vegetables but may also infect humans through inhalation of fungal spores.
  • Barotitis Media: Middle ear inflammation or bleeding caused by differences between the middle ear air pressure and atmospheric air pressure. Can be caused by such things as scuba diving and symptoms include pain, tinnitus, diminished hearing and vertigo. Also called aerotitis media.
  • Barotrauma: Damage to the lungs, ear or sinuses caused by rapid or extreme changes in air pressure.
  • Barre-Lieou syndrome: A rare condition where trauma (such as pinching by adjacent vertebrae or arthritis) to the sympathetic nerves located in the spinal area of the neck results in a variety of neurological symptoms.
  • Bell's palsy: A one sided muscle paralysis of sudden onset due to a problem with the facial nerve
  • Broken jaw: Fracture of the jaw bone (mandible)
  • Celexa -- Teratogenic Agent: There is evidence to indicate that exposure to Celexa (an antidepressant) during pregnancy may have a teratogenic effect on the fetus. A teratogen is a substance that can cause birth defects. The likelihood and severity of defects may be affected by the level of exposure and the stage of pregnancy that the exposure occurred at.
  • Cholesteatoma: Uncommon middle ear condition
  • Dysbarism: A reaction caused by exposure to a sudden change in environmental pressure.
  • Ear conditions: Any condition that affects the ear
  • Ear foreign body: Having a "foreign body" stuck inside the ear
  • Ear infection: Infection of the ear - may involve the middle and inner ear.
  • Ear infection (infant): An infection that affects the ear
  • Ear pain: Pain due to lesions related to the external ear or radiating pain from middle and inner ear.
  • Ear symptoms: Symptoms affecting the ear or hearing
  • Ear wax: Buildup of wax (cerumen) inside the ear canal
  • Earache: Pain in the ear called "otalgia"
  • Earlobe conditions: Conditions that affect the earlobe
  • Face symptoms: Symptoms affecting the face
  • Folliculitis: An inflammatory reaction which occurs in the follicles
  • Glomus tympanicum: A rare, usually benign tumor found behind the ear drum. The tumor develops from glomus cells which are located along blood vessels involved in automatic body activities such as regulation of blood pressure and blood flow.
  • Glossopharyngeal neuralgia: A condition which is characterized by sever pain that originates on the side of the throat and extends to the ear
  • Glue ear: A condition which affects the ear and is characterized by a chronic accumulation of the fluid leading to a loss of hearing
  • Gradenigo's syndrome: A complication that can develop from a middle ear infection that spreads to the mastoid bone of the skull. The syndrome involves the association of headache, ear infection and sixth cranial nerve palsy.
  • Head injury: Any injury that occurs to the head
  • Head symptoms: Symptoms affecting the head or brain
  • Infectious myringitis: A condition characterized by an infection causing inflammation of the tympanic membrane
  • Labrynthitis: Inner ear condition affecting various ear structures
  • Labyrinthitis: Inner ear condition affecting various ear structures
  • Laryngeal carcinoma: Cancer of the laryngeal area. Smoking and alcohol increase the risk of this cancer.
  • Linguatula serrata infection: Infection with a parasite called Linguatula serrata. Infection usually occurs through eating raw liver or lymph nodes from infected sheep or goats. Symptoms are usually caused by the larva migrating through parts of the body.
  • Meniere's disease: Ear fluid disorder causing balance problems.
  • Middle ear infection: An infection which occurs in the middle ear
  • Ménière's disease: Ear fluid disorder causing balance problems.
  • Nasopharyngeal carcinoma: A malignant cancer that occurs in the nasopharynx area which is the upper part of the throat. Often there are no symptoms until the cancer has metastasized to other parts of the body such as the neck.
  • Nasopharynx cancer: A condition which is characterized a malignancy located in the nasopharynx
  • Oral cancer: Cancer (malignant) of the lip or inside the mouth.
  • Oropharyngeal cancer: Oropharyngeal cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the oropharynx. The oropharynx is the middle part of the pharynx (throat) behind the mouth, and includes the back one-third of the tongue, the soft palate, the side and back walls of the throat, and the tonsils.
  • Oropharyngeal cancer, adult: Cancer of the back of the mouth which forms part of the throat including the back of the tongue, tonsils, part of the throat wall and soft palate (oropharynx).
  • Otalgia in children: Otalgia in children refers to a child who has an earache or ear pain.
  • Otitis externa: Infection of the outer ear canal
  • Pain: Any type of pain sensation symptoms.
  • Pediatric gastroesophageal reflux disease: Gastroesophageal reflux is defined as the retrograde movement of gastric contents into the esophagus; it is a physiologic process that occurs in everyone, young and old, particularly after meals. Researchers have found that 10 percent of infants (younger than 12 months) with GER develop significant complications. The diseases associated with reflux are known collectively as Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).
  • Pharyngitis: Inflammation of the pharynx.
  • Polychondritis: A serious, progressive, episodic condition characterized by inflammation and degeneration of cartilage in the body. The duration and severity of the episodes can vary.
  • Ramsay Hunt Syndrome type I: A rare condition involving progressive neurological degeneration. It tends to start in adulthood and progresses over a number of years before ultimately ending in death.
  • Ramsay Hunt syndrome Type II: A condition caused by a reactivation of the herpes simplex virus and resulting in facial paralysis, ear pain and skin blistering.
  • Sensitive hearing: Overly sensitive hearing (hyperacusis) in one or both ears.
  • Supraglottic laryngeal cancer: Cancer that arises in the tissue above the vocal cords.
  • Temporo-mandibular ankylosis: A disorder involving stiffness or fusion of the jaw joint which affects the ability of the jaw to open and close normally. The condition may occur congenitally or may be acquired through such things as trauma.
  • Thyroid cancer, Hurthle cell: A rare form of cancer that originates in the thyroid gland. This cancer is characterized by the abnormal presence of Hurthle cells which may signify benign or malignant thyroid cancer. The cancer usually responds well to treatment if detected in the earlier stages.
  • Tongue Cancer: The majority of tongue cancers are squamous cell carcinomas. These arise from the lining that covers the muscles of the tongue
  • Upper respiratory tract infection: The occurrence of an infection of the upper respiratory tract
  • Vibrio infection -- Vibrio alginolyticus: An infectious disease caused by a bacteria called Vibrio alginolyticus. This bacterium tends to cause ear and wound infections.
  • Wegener's granulomatosis: A rare disease involving blood vessel inflammation which can affect the blood flow to various tissues and organs and hence cause damage. The respiratory system and the kidneys are the main systems affected.

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