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Es un término general para referirse a la infección o la inflamación del oído.

Nombres alternativos

Infección del oído; Infección auditiva

Causas, incidencia y factores de riesgo

La otitis puede afectar las partes internas o externas del oído y se clasifica de acuerdo a si se presenta súbitamente o durante un período corto (aguda) o en forma repetitiva durante un período de tiempo largo (crónica).

Cuando la otitis involucra el oído externo y el conducto auditivo externo, se denomina otitis externa. Para obtener información específica, ver los artículos:

Cuando la otitis involucra el oído medio, localizado justo detrás del tímpano, se denomina otitis media. Para obtener información específica, ver los artículos:


Signos y exámenes


Grupos de apoyo

Expectativas (pronóstico)


Situaciones que requieren asistencia médica



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Review Date: 7/26/2010

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