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Clin Sports Med. 2013 Apr;32(2):303-16. doi: 10.1016/j.csm.2012.12.011.

Ear trauma.

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University of Massachusetts Sports Medicine, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Fitchburg, MA 01420, USA.

Abstract

Understanding basic ear anatomy and function allows an examiner to quickly and accurately identify at-risk structures in patients with head and ear trauma. External ear trauma (ie, hematoma or laceration) should be promptly treated with appropriate injury-specific techniques. Tympanic membrane injuries have multiple mechanisms and can often be conservatively treated. Temporal bone fractures are a common cause of ear trauma and can be life threatening. Facial nerve injuries and hearing loss can occur in ear trauma.

PMID:
23522511
DOI:
10.1016/j.csm.2012.12.011
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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