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Mastoid Ear Infection
I found my mastoid bone bigger on one side. I have allergies and have had ear infection years ago but nothing now. It's not bothering me help!!!!
Collection of purulent fluid behind tympanic membrane- many times secondary to nasal congestion/ viral uri- that can cause bulging of tympanic membrane, pain, redness or distortion of typical anatomic landmarks of membrane, poor mobility of membrane ultimately, tm can perforate or rupture with subsequent drainage of fluid into the ear canal. May take months for fluid from ...Read more
I have had a mastoid op about 26 yrs ago and I get really bad ear infections ever since but my problem is my jaw is really sore I can hardly chew.?
Jaw pain: Persistent pain around the angle of the jaw or in the jaw joint suggests the possibility of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome--painful inflammation of the jaw joint. The 2 major causes are advanced degenerative arthritis in the jaw joint itself, or excessive wear and tear, eg, in people who grind their teeth at night, or have chewing habits like gum, pencils, etc., and in chronic stress. ...Read more
Mri of ear , they said fluid in mastoid bone I have slight hearing issues and 24/7 tinnitus , I have not had an ear infection , nothing coming out ea?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had a normal brain mri, but why does is say I have mild inflammation of the right mastoid air cells? Is that an ear infection?
Depends: Mastoiditis is an inflammation and infection of the bone next to the ear. It can be from a localized spread of infection from an ear infection and can happen rapidly (if a severe infection) or slowly depending on the infection and immune response. If they develop, it is usually over a week or two from the beginning of an ear infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe: If the infecting agent is aggressive and the host (you) is vulnerable, the ear infection could spread to the meninges. This is usually through hematogenous spread (through the blood stream) rather than through neighboring invasion. Rarely, if the infection is ignored, it can spread to the mastoid air sacs, thence to the venous sinuses in the brain, and thus cerebritis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Eustachain tube: dysfunction can be a reason. The middle ear space, behind the eardrum, drains through the eustachain which allows easy flow of material out of the middle ear. If this is blocked or does not work well then material stays in that space long enough to get infected. Another possibility is incompletely treated infection of the mastoid air cells. These are small sinus structures just behind the earsIt is hard to get antibiotics into these spaces and they can be partially treated with your antibiotic only to flare up again when it is finished. Please see an ENT doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
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