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Ear infection; Infection - ear
Otitis is a general term for infection or inflammation of the ear.
Otitis can affect the inner or outer parts of the ear. The condition is classified according to whether it occurs suddenly and for a short time (acute) or repeatedly over a long period of time (chronic).
When otitis involves the outer ear and ear canal, it is called otitis externa. For specific information, see:
When otitis involves the middle ear, located just behind the eardrum, it is called otitis media: For specific information, see:
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