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What is mastoiditis?

What is mastoiditis?

Infection: Mastoiditis is a bacterial infection of the mastoid bone. The mastoid bone, sits behind the ear. Middle ear infections can lead to mastoiditis. ...Read more

Dr. Joshua Gottschall
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Mastoiditis (Definition)

Mastoiditis is an infection of the mastoid bone, which is a bone of the skull, located just behind the ear. The mastoid bone has air-containing spaces in which an infection can develop. Patients usually have pain and redness in the area of the ...Read more


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Does mastoiditis recur?

Possible: Yes it can recur. Any infection in the body has the potential to reoccur. Please have your doctor evaluate you if there are any signs of pain, swelling, redness, warmness, fever or chills. ...Read more

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How does mastoiditis spread?

See below: Untreated mastoiditis can spread to the brain leading to meningitis or brain abcess which can be fatal. The specialty of ENT was created prior to the discovery of penicillin and at that time mastoidectomy is the only life saving treatment! ...Read more

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Has anyone treated mastoiditis?

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

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What can be done for mastoiditis?

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

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What are the tests for mastoiditis?

What are the tests for mastoiditis?

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

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What can be done for mastoiditis ?

What can be done for  mastoiditis ?

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

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How quickly will mastoiditis spread?

Not quickly: Mastouditis is not contagious. Treatment is usually antibiotics but may require surgery if symptoms do not improve or have recurred several times. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of mastoiditis?

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

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