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Bilateral Mastoid Disease
Read over sons old MRI results. It said moderate right & mild left mastoid disease airspace disease. What does it mean? The doc didn't explain it.
Mastoid sinuses: The mastoids are sinuses in the bone behind the ear. They can become seriously infected, causing pain and swelling behind the ear. This is often due to a chronic ear infection and may need surgery. It is common to see old signs of past sinus infection or swelling in sinuses on mri's or ct's. If the child is well, nothing needs to be done. ...Read more
How does one manage a left mastoid pneumocele non surgically. CT scan done w/o contrast history of chronic kidney disease. ENT doesn't know how to treat.
Depends on symptoms: If you are not suffering from the condition, I would leave it alone and monitor over time for resolution on its own which occurs quite frequently. Ask your ENT to consider putting a PE tube in affected side ear to relieve the air pressure that usually cause the condition. ...Read more
Pneumocele of Left Mastoid thinning temporal bone Went to ENT didn't know how to treat non surgically. Can't have contrast CT's Chronic Kidney Disease?
Shadow on CT scan mastoid bone area, MRI results clear, had ear infection and still do. Would MRI only show intercrainial and not bone disease?
Probably: Mri and ct are complementary studies so there is always the possibility that one study will show an abnormality that the other doesn't. Typically a 'shadow' in the mastoid bone means fluid and that should show up on mri. But not knowing for sure what is meant by 'shadow' in your case, I can't be 100% about that. Ask your doctor about your case specifically or an ENT specialist or a neurologist. ...Read more
My result mastoid xtray consider mastoiditis bilateral more pronounched on the left what meaning of this? What the treatment I need or need surgery
Radiology: These findings can only be utilized in the context of your clinical presentation. You may or may not need any treatment, but this should be determined by a doctor practicing clinical medicine, preferably ENT, and not by a radiologist looking at films without seeing and evaluating you. Good luck. ...Read more
Mastoiditis: It really depends. You have not given enough detail about your mastoid disorder. If you had a chronic infected mastoid, it is possible that it could cause some inner ear disturbance. However, this is a condition that needs a careful ear exam and possibly imaging with a CT scan. See an ENT doctor. ...Read more
Inflammation: May be due to allergy, a viral or bacterial infection or its residual. Need more history to better define. Speak to your doctor who ordered the test and get an understanding of what was being looked for. ...Read more
This is what my test results said from my recent CT scan. ....There is extensive opacification of the bilateral mastoid and middle ear cavities, with?
Sorry, cut off...: Please complete your question so we can provide you the most complete answer. ...Read more
Bilateral mastoid pain with fever and chills for 2 weeks despite amoxicillin & azithromycin. Ct scan neg. Nsaids useless for pain. What could it be?
May: Need blood workup for giant cell arteritis. Need full work up asap. Good luck! ...Read more
Many causes: This problem mandates a real-time (face-to-face) meeting with a doctor. A history has to be taken along with a examination as well as labs and other tests. Only after all this will your doctor be in a position to tell you what's wrong and what needs to be done to help you. ...Read more
Confusing: Fullness in the mastoid is a symptom, and using the term mastoid cells is a radiological diagnosis. I am guessing that your doctor ordered mastoid x-rays and the radiologist identified minimal degree of fluid in the mastoid air cells. The mastoid bone behind your ear only gets involved if you have a middle ear infection (hearing loss). So we need more specific information on your complaint. ...Read more
Who ordered imaging?: Why not ask the person who ordered the study that revealed this finding? Start there for the answer. Hard to say without knowing your story and seeing the study. ...Read more
Knot on mastoid process bonbehindeear no other symptoms 31 yr old female been there month or 2 could it be serious or should I worry hasn't got bigger?
This is a common: Area for a cyst or an enlarged lymph node. If it is not tender and you have no ear or scalp issues it is more likely a cyst. You probably should have it looked at by your family doctor. ...Read more
More information: Do you know this by x-ray, either cat scan or mri? Is this a clinical diagnosis wherein, a doctor told you this? The presence of fluid in the mastoid air cells may represent an extension of middle ear fluid. The mastoid is simply an extension of the middle ear space. Do you have symptoms of pain, fullness behind the ear? Have you had previous mastoid surgery? What is your question? ...Read more
I've been having pain in my mastoid process and I haven't done anything to it. It feels swollen compared to my other side. Any advice?
See below: The mastoid process is behind your ear near the lower, back part of your skull. Its purpose is for attachment of facial muscles, primarily those for chewing (mastication), as well as the sternocleidomastoid muscles in your neck. ...Read more
Most likely normal: Mastoid bone is not like other bones, that have regular fixed structure. This 'bone' mostly consists of air sacs, which get air sucked into these from ear, nose and throat region. As you can imagine, the amount of air and fluid, entering these air sacs may vary, based on your medical condition. It is therefore, not surprising that one side of Mastoid may be different than the other. ...Read more
MRI- minimal fluid signal within the dependant aspect of the right mastoid air cells. What does this mean? Normal?
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What do you advise if I was diagnosed with a mastoid infection last week. I'm still feeling pretty awful. How long would it take to fully recover?
Not sure.: You didn't tell us what treatment you are receiving? ...Read more
No: Shingles specifically affects nerves and would not cause any issue with our mastoid bone with the exception of pain in the overlying area. If the pain feels like it is deeper than overlying skin area, if you are having any systemic signs like fever or chills, you may want to consider mastoiditis as a diagnosis instead and should seek medical attention for antibiotics. Hope this helps! ...Read more
If you son sustained: blunt trauma to the temporal bone or piercing trauma to the ear, take him to a hospital-based Emergency Room immediately where physicians can examine him, obtain needed radiographic studies & call in any surgeons needed, like an ENT specialist &/or neurosurgeon, depending on the findings. Do not delay. The doctors will tell you what needs to be done after they assess & stabilize him. ...Read more
Mastoid pain: Greetings. This area is the location where a muscle of the neck attaches to the skull. So muscle tension can cause pain here. The mastoid cavity inside this bone connects to the middle ear space behind your eardrum. So an ear infection can cause pain. At this time, ibuprofen used regularly X 10 days with food can help to reduce pain and inflammation. See your doctor for confirmation. ...Read more
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