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Mastoiditis In Adults
Yes, for sure.: It is fairly common in children. Usually it can be treated with just a tube in the eardrum, but sometimes needs a bigger operation to drain the infection. Beware of doctors overcalling "mastoiditis" on ct or MRI scans, when all they are seeing is fluid in the mastoid. This is seen with any ear infection for a while afterwards. ...Read more
CT scan: If there is not clear cut swelling behind the ear, then ct scan is the best way to diagnose mastoiditis. Cloudy mastoid cells on ct is not mastoiditis, that is just an ear infection. If there is breakdown of the tiny air sacs of the mastoid bone on ct, then the diagnosis of mastoiditis is correct. ...Read more
Depends: 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. ...Read more
Look to the ear:
Acute mastoiditis has fever, ear pain, tenderness behind the ear, and the ear may even stick out more than it normally does.
Chronic mastoiditis shows with drainage which persists despite common treatments.
See your ear doctor for chronic but get immediate care for an acute case as it may need urgent surgery. ...Read more
I'm just getting over mastoiditis, Sometimes I get random pains in my head but otherwise I feel fine. Anything I should watch out for just in case?
MASTOIDITIS: MASTOIDITIS IS DIFFICULT TO TREAT: you should rest irrigate sinuses with saline/take a nasal spray like Nasonex (mometasone) and finish a 2-3week course of antibiotics ie bactrim/augmentin /cipro. avoid abrupt changes in pressure. Ie flying/scuba/swimming if diving or snorkeling is undertaken. These activities may increase risk of worsening MASTOIDITIS/SINUSITIS/OTITIS. Monitor for fever and recheck CT ...Read more
I was diagnosed with acute mastoiditis. Just moved so no primary. Any suggestions on how to see a Dr quickly for a follow up? I don't know what to do.
Difficult question: True mastoiditis - a purulent infection of the mastoid bone - is ridiculously rare in this day. In my 22 years of practice I have never seen it. I have, however, had patients referred to me with pain around their ears who were told they had mastoiditis who had something else such as jaw spasm. Sometimes patients have a ct or MRI with benign swelling misdiagnosed as mastoiditis. See an ENT doctor. ...Read more
Consult an ENT dr: Often, people will have fluid in the mastoid on imaging studies performed after head trauma. This may or may not mean that mastoiditis is present. It may be blood pooled in the mastoid, spinal fluid leaking, or excess mucous pooling in the mastoid. Each cause is managed differently. It would be prudent to be evaluated by an ears, nose, and throat physician. ...Read more
From: Rear inf, throat or from blood from ulcers around the tear. ...Read more
Mastoiditis: It can be very serious, you should see an ENT as soon as possible. ...Read more
Hearing poss, mem no: Severe mastoiditis or cholesteatoma formation can significantly damage hearing because it can destroy the ear drum or damage the three small ear bones in the middle ear. It will not affect memory. True mastoiditis is fairly uncommon. It is often mentioned in radiology reports but these can be misleading and lead to unnecessary worry. Go see a good ENT surgeon to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more
My son was diagnosed with severe mastoiditis on november 5, operation was due on 26 february, he sadly died of meningitus on 8 february, any connection?
Probably: The mastoid is very close to the brain. Likely. ...Read more
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