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Ear shapes Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Ear shapes. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. Was the abnormal ear shape present at birth?

    Why: may suggest DiGeorge's syndrome (misshapen ears), Down syndrome, fragile X syndrome, incontinentia pigmenti, Coffin-Lowry syndrome (large ears).

  2. Is the ear shape abnormality unilateral or bilateral?

    Why: if unilateral the cause would likely be acquired after birth due to trauma or infection.

  3. Has there been trauma of the ear lobe or pinna of the ear?

    Why: trauma to the pinna of the ear (e.g. via contact sports) may result in a haematoma (localized mass of clotted blood) and later perichondritis (inflammation of the pinna cartilage) or abscess formation. If the haematoma or abscess is not surgically drained correctly it will result in a "cauliflower ear" deformity due to destruction of the cartilage.

  4. Symptoms of cauliflower ear?
  5. Symptoms of Coffin-Lowry syndrome?

    Why: e.g. mental retardation, wide bulbous nose, low nasal bridge, moderate excess hairiness, finger and nail abnormalities (especially the 5th finger) and large ears. The full syndrome occurs only in males.

  6. Symptoms of Down syndrome?

    Why: e.g. mental retardation, flat facial profile, excess neck skin, small low set ears, reduced tone of the muscles of the limbs, round head, protruding tongue, short broad hands, incurving 5th digits.

  7. Symptoms of Fragile X syndrome?

    Why: e.g. mental retardation, shy personality, long face, high forehead, large jaw, long ears, over flexible joints, large testicles.

  8. Symptoms of Incontinentia pigmenti?

    Why: e.g. brown skin streaks, mental retardation, disturbed dentition, eye defects, ear deformities.

  9. Symptoms of DiGeorge's syndrome?

    Why: e.g. misshapen ears, small jaw, increased distance between eyes, muscular cramps.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Ear shapes:

The following list of conditions have 'Ear shapes' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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