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Consider Atlanto-Occipital Joint Dysfunction as a Cause of Secondary Otalgia
Am Fam Physician. 2018 Aug 1;98(3):142.
Original Article: Ear Pain: Diagnosing Common and Uncommon Causes
Issue Date: January 1, 2018
See additional reader comments at: https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0101/p20.html
To the Editor: This comprehensive review indicates that temporal mandibular joint syndrome is a common cause of secondary otalgia. Another cause not mentioned in the article is atlanto-occipital joint dysfunction. Tenderness and restricted range of motion at this joint in a patient with otalgia suggests that atlanto-occipital joint dysfunction could be the cause. Treatment with osteopathic manipulative therapy can provide prompt relief of symptoms.1
Editor's Note: This letter was sent to the authors of “Ear Pain: Diagnosing Common and Uncommon Causes,” who declined to reply.
Author disclosure: No relevant financial affiliations.
1. Channell MK, Mason DC. The 5-Minute Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Consult. Philadelphia, Pa.: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2009.
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