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What can be done for mastoiditis?

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Dr. Farhad Sigari answered

Specializes in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery

Mastoiditis is an infection of the bone structure that contains and surrounds your hearing organ (cochlea) and other structures (ossicles, balance center, etc). Initially there is a role for antibiotics. But if antibiotics dont work, the treatment is consider surgically removing the diseased bone by drilling it out.(mastoidectomy).

Answered Apr 18, 2015

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Dr. Randall Stastny answered

Specializes in Surgery - oral & Maxillofacial

Antibiotics will be the first line of treatment for any infection, but is the infection does not clear up surgery will be needed.

Answered Nov 15, 2014

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Dr. David Kam answered

Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Acute mastoiditis can be treated with myringotomy and tube placement on the ipsilateral ear drum to allow drainage. Antibiotic given intravenously, by mouth and/or via antibiotic drops are commonly used depending on how ill the patient is. Mastoidectomy can be performed in patient not responding to the aforementioned treatment.

Answered Dec 10, 2013

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