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Test: Otoscopy

The ear canal and eardrum can be examined directly by using an otoscope, a viewing instrument that illuminates and magnifies the inside of the ear. Otoscopy is used to diagnose disorders such as otitis media and ruptured eardrum.

The examination

The doctor pulls the ear upwards and backwards to straighten the ear canal and then gently inserts the otoscope to look inside the ear.

From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.

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