Otitis

Alternative Names

Ear infection; Infection – ear

Definition of Otitis

Otitis is a general term for infection or inflammation of the ear.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Otitis can affect the inner or outer parts of the ear. The condition is classified according to whether it occurs suddenly and for a short time (acute) or repeatedly over a long period of time (chronic).

Review

Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 7/26/2010

Ear anatomy
Medical findings based on ear anatomy
Middle ear infection (otitis media)

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