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Letters Recurrent otalgia in adults

Authors’ reply to Hawkins

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 18 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5559
  1. Samuel Finnikin1,
  2. academic general practitioner,
  3. Alistair Mitchell-Innes2,
  4. ear,
  5. nose,
  6. throat registrar
  1. 1Department of Primary Care Clinical Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
  2. 2University Hospital Birmingham
  1. finniksj{at}

Impacted ear wax is an important and common presentation in primary care and may be associated with pain, as Hawkins has pointed out.1 2 Wax is apparent on examination and should be removed not only to relieve pain but to enable full examination of the …

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