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How do pediatricians determine if a kid has an ear infection?

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Dr. Barry Bergman
Pediatrics
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In brief: OTOSCOPE

The otoscope is an instrument to actually see the ear.
The ear drum(tympanic membrane) is translucent and when looking thru the otoscope you can see the fluid behind the ear drum. We can actually see the results of the infection.

In brief: OTOSCOPE

The otoscope is an instrument to actually see the ear.
The ear drum(tympanic membrane) is translucent and when looking thru the otoscope you can see the fluid behind the ear drum. We can actually see the results of the infection.
Dr. Barry Bergman
Dr. Barry Bergman
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Dr. Robert Greer
Family Medicine

In brief: Otoscope

We look into the ear canal with a light and see signs of infection.
If in front of the ear drum we call it "otitis externa"; if behind the drum :"otitis media".Treatment varies.

In brief: Otoscope

We look into the ear canal with a light and see signs of infection.
If in front of the ear drum we call it "otitis externa"; if behind the drum :"otitis media".Treatment varies.
Dr. Robert Greer
Dr. Robert Greer
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