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A case of complicated otomastoiditis

Mario Atzeni, Chiara Iozzi, Monica Pinna, Gian Luca Benetti, Fabio Scazzeri
  • Mario Atzeni
    Department of Pediatrics, Piombino Hospital, Piombino (LI); Local Health Unit 6, Livorno, Italy
  • Chiara Iozzi
    Department of Pediatrics, Piombino Hospital, Piombino (LI); Local Health Unit 6, Livorno, Italy
  • Monica Pinna
    Department of Pediatrics, Piombino Hospital, Piombino (LI); Local Health Unit 6, Livorno, Italy
  • Gian Luca Benetti
    Department of Pediatrics, Piombino Hospital, Piombino (LI); Local Health Unit 6, Livorno, Italy | g.benetti@usl6.toscana.it
  • Fabio Scazzeri
    Department of Pediatrics, Piombino Hospital, Piombino (LI); Local Health Unit 6, Livorno; Department of Radiology, Piombino Hospital, Piombino (LI), Italy

Abstract

We describe the case of a child who, at her first episode of clinically evident acute otitis media, has developed a bilateral mastoiditis, though with unilateral simptomatology. The mastoiditis was complicated by the spontaneous drainage of the postauricular abscess in the subcutaneous tissue. According to the literature, we believe that the temporal bone computed tomography scan is the fundamental examination to properly define an anusual case of mastoiditis, plan adequate therapy (medical o surgical), and rule out other possible complications.

Keywords

Mastoiditis; Acute otitis media; Temporal bone; Cranial computed tomography

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