Otorrhea - Melanie Collins

Date Published: 
Friday, March 18, 2016

Melanie Collins talks about how we manage patients with otorrhea in primary care. Melanie is an otolaryngologist and is based at both North Shore and Mercy hospitals in Auckland. She has published various research articles and has an interest in postgraduate teaching.


  • Quick list of common causes of ear discharge
  • What’s coming out of my ear doc?
  • Colour and smell of discharge
  • The patient’s pattern of pain
  • Other important questions
  • Red Flags for referral
  • Examination tips
  • What am I looking to visualise?
  • Additional investigations.
  • Treatment
  • Advice to patients
  • Drops explained
  • Duration of treatment
  • Managing the specific causes of ear discharge (scenarios)
  • Take home messages

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Dr Melanie Collins
Specialist in surgery for chronic otitis media (perforations).

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This presentation is intended for qualified health practitioners professional development and should not be relied upon for any other purpose. Any opinions offered are those of the presenter or other speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of Goodfellow Unit.