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Can mastoiditis lead to spinal meningitis?

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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: Yes

It's very rare, but infection in the mastoid can lead to infection of the brain covering or meningitis.
True mastoiditis is exceedingly rare and often ct scans and MRI scans which show inflammation in the mastoids are incorrectly interpreted as "mastoiditis.".

In brief: Yes

It's very rare, but infection in the mastoid can lead to infection of the brain covering or meningitis.
True mastoiditis is exceedingly rare and often ct scans and MRI scans which show inflammation in the mastoids are incorrectly interpreted as "mastoiditis.".
Dr. David Astrachan
Dr. David Astrachan
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Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: Yes

Though quite rare in this day and age, neglected acute mastoiditis can spread into the brain and spinal fluid causing meningitis.

In brief: Yes

Though quite rare in this day and age, neglected acute mastoiditis can spread into the brain and spinal fluid causing meningitis.
Dr. Dennis Diaz
Dr. Dennis Diaz
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