An approach to otitis

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Otitis is a very frequent clinical presentation in veterinary practice and can adversely affect the quality of life of both patients and owners. This chapter provides an oriented approach to otitis for general practitioners.

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19.4 Acute otitis externa. Note the erythema of the ear canal.
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19.5 Video-otoscopy. (a) A normal ear. Note the hair near the eardrum. (b) Acute otitis externa. Note the diffuse erythema of the vertical ear canal. (c) Chronic otitis externa. Note the erythema, erosions and exudate. (d) Chronic otitis externa. Note the large ulcerations. (b, Courtesy of Dr Prélaud)
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19.6 Cytological examination demonstrating the presence of pachydermatis. (Original magnification X1000)
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19.7 Measurement of brainstem auditory evoked response (BAER). Note the electrodes on this German Shepherd Dog.
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19.8 Chronic otitis externa. Note the erythema, lichenification and slight hyperpigmentation of the ear pinna and the ear canal.
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19.9 Suppurative otitis externa in a Cocker Spaniel. Note the purulent discharge on the ear pinna.
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19.10 Otoacariasis in a cat. Note the dark brown cerumen.
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19.11 A polyp in the horizontal part of the ear canal in a cat.

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