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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)

An infection that affects the mastoid bone, ...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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Could I have mastoiditis? How do I tell?

See MD ASAP: If you have any concern about this as a possibility, please see an md asap! ...Read more

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What happens if mastoiditis isn't treated?

What happens if mastoiditis isn't treated?

Mastoiditis: If left untreated, true suppurative acute mastoiditis, could lead to extracranial (facial paralysis, labyrinthitis, petrositis, subperiosteal abscess) and/or intracranial (meningitis, brain abscess, extradural abscess, subdural abscess) complications. ...Read more

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Do you have any information on mastoiditis?

From the ear: Masoiditis (inflammation of the mastoid air cells behind the ear) is an infection that spreads from ottiis media (infection of the middle ear). Potentially serious. ...Read more

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What are some signs that I may have mastoiditis?

See below: Acute mastoiditis is usually accompanied by middle ear infection. In the early stages there is hearing loss, ear pain and fever. Later swelling, redness and tenderness develop over the mastoid bone behind the ear. ...Read more

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What remedies for mastoiditis can I try at home?

None: Mastoiditis is usually an extension of infection in the middle ear. It can lead to deafness and more seriously the infection can spread to the brain. Please consult your doctor. ...Read more

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What do I do for chronic mastoiditis pain?

See ENT: Consult with an ENT to determine the cause of mastoiditis. A ct scan probably will be required. Also do you have any medical issues that can compromise your immune system, like diabetes, or on chronic steroids? Get treated asap my an ent. ...Read more

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Are there long-term effects of mastoiditis on my child's health?

Usually not.: If the mastoiditis is treated early and appropriately, there are rarely any long term effects. Occasionally, hearing loss, meningitis, other major infections and scarring can occur but this is fairly rare. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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.

Head & Neck Surgeon: If Inadequately treated, mastoiditis can result in a serious complications. Therefore, follow-up office visits are recommended to evaluate results of the previous treatment and to check for recurrence. See head and neck surgeon, they are the experts in this field. ...Read more

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Does mastoiditis cause chronic headaches?

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

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What do you do for mastoiditis caused by head trauma?

What do you do for mastoiditis caused by head trauma?

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

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My doctor says I have mastoiditis is this serious?

Mastoiditis: It can be very serious, you should see an ENT as soon as possible. ...Read more

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How does mastoiditis affect hearing and memory loss?

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

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Mastoiditis or bacterial meningiti, s which is more dangerous?

Mastoiditis or bacterial meningiti, s which is more dangerous?

Meningitis: One of the worst complications from mastoiditis is meningitis, which can be lethal. ...Read more