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13 Possible Causes for Otalgia, Unilateral Throat Pain

  • Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia

    A 45-year-old woman presented with unilateral throat pain, bradycardia and hypotension leading to episodes of impaired consciousness when lying on her left side or turning[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov] Glossopharyngeal neuralgia is a rare and often controversial cause for odynophagia and otalgia.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov] Patients typically experience a stabbing pain that presents in a unilateral fashion in the throat. They can also complain of pain in the tongue and in the ear.[symptoma.com]

  • Common Cold

    Fifty‐three to 56% of participants in De Sutter 2002 reported unilateral facial pain.[doi.org] The incidence of unilateral facial pain was not reported in six trials ( Herne 1980 ; Howie 1970 ; Kaiser 1996 ; Taylor 1977 ; Todd 1984 ; Vogt 1966 ).[doi.org] Sore throat Only two studies reported on sore throat persisting at day seven as an outcome ( Herne 1980 ; Taylor 1977 ).[doi.org]

  • Tonsillitis

    Patients may present with a variety of symptoms including painful throat (may be unilateral), dysphagia, fevers, tender cervical lymphadenopathy and/or tonsillar exudate.[radiopaedia.org] Abstract Lingual tonsillitis can cause various signs and symptoms including nocturnal or supine cough, constant discomfort in the throat, glossal pain, and otalgia.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov] Dysphagia Anorexia Pyrexia Malaise Swollen tonsils with or without exudate 'Thick' or 'hot potato' voice (not hoarse voice) Lymphadenopathy (especially Level II/III ) Referred otalgia[entsho.com]

  • Tonsillar Abscess

    The hallmark clinical findings of which include: Severe unilateral throat pain and possibly ear pain Fever 103F (39 C), malaise, rigors Difficulty swallowing saliva Muffled[pemcincinnati.com] This will be defined as resolution of symptoms, specifically trismus, odynophagia, referred otalgia, absence of dysarthria, and overall physical improvement.[clinicaltrials.gov] History Fever Sore throat Worsens, becomes unilateral Otalgia - Pain referred to ipsilateral ear "Hot potato" muffled voice Trismus (inability to open mouth) - internal pterygoid[fprmed.com]

  • Peritonsillar Abscess

    […] sore throat occasionally accompanied by ipsilateral ear pain Fever Muffled "hot potato" voice Dysphagia with pooling of saliva and drooling Trismus: inability to open the[pedclerk.bsd.uchicago.edu] Symptoms generally include fever, malaise, sore throat, dysphagia, and otalgia.[aafp.org] Peritonsillar abscess can also be a complication of infectious mononucleosis . [ 6 ] History Severe throat pain which may become unilateral. Fever. Drooling of saliva.[patient.info]

  • Chronic Tonsillitis

    Patients may present with a variety of symptoms including painful throat (may be unilateral), dysphagia, fevers, tender cervical lymphadenopathy and/or tonsillar exudate.[radiopaedia.org] Symptoms include intermittent unilateral dyphagia with otalgia, bad breath, fetid fragmented sputum, and tickly coughing. There are no general signs of infection.[campus.cerimes.fr] Ear pain and trismus can also occur 1.[radiopaedia.org]

  • Laryngeal Lesion

    […] and pain in the throat which worsens on phonation• Examination reveals unilateral or bilateral ulcers with congestion of arytenoid cartilages• There may be granuloma formation[slideshare.net] Symptoms of benign laryngeal tumors include hoarseness, breathy voice, dyspnea, aspiration, dysphagia, otalgia (ear pain), and hemoptysis.[merckmanuals.com] Dyspnoea and stridor, pain, dysphagia, cough, swelling in the neck, haemoptysis, halitosis, reflective otalgia, tenderness of the larynx and weight loss can also occur during[atlasgeneticsoncology.org]

  • Lingular Tonsillitis

    Patients may present with a variety of symptoms including painful throat (may be unilateral), dysphagia, fevers, tender cervical lymphadenopathy and/or tonsillar exudate.[radiopaedia.org] Abstract Lingual tonsillitis can cause various signs and symptoms including nocturnal or supine cough, constant discomfort in the throat, glossal pain, and otalgia.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov] Ear pain and trismus can also occur 1.[radiopaedia.org]

  • Carotid Artery Dissection

    First, the so-called classic Eagle syndrome where patients can present with unilateral sore throat, dysphagia, tinnitus, unilateral facial and neck pain and otalgia.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov] […] stylo-carotid syndrome. 1, 3, 4) The classic Eagle syndrome is caused by impingement on the glossopharyngeal nerve causing throat pain, pharyngeal foreign body sensation, referred otalgia[jstage.jst.go.jp] First, the so-called classic Eagle syndrome where patients can present with unilateral sore throat, dysphagia, tinnitus, unilateral facial and neck pain and otalgia.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]

  • Osteoma

    Upper airway obstruction, painful throat, unilateral tinnitus, trismus, dysarthria, glossopharyngeal neuralgia, and cranial nerve palsies are other reported symptoms.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov] Water and debris trapped medial to it can cause otitis externa, otorrhea and otalgia.[ispub.com] Osteomas manifest with similar symptoms as exostoses including conductive hearing loss, otorrhea, otalgia, otitis externa and cholesteatoma.[ispub.com]

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