A patient has been diagnosed with serous otitis media for the third time in the past year. How should the nurse best interpret this patients health status?

Answer Explanation: A carcinoma (e.g., nasopharyngeal cancer) obstructing the eustachian tube should be ruled out in adults with persistent unilateral serous otitis media. This phenomenon is not an age-related change and does not indicate a systemic infection. Mobility limitations are unnecessary.

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