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What do mild thickening of the left tympanic membrane in CT scan indicate?

I currently have an ear infection that will not clear up. I ve been on Bactrian 800 mg for 5 weeks plus drops and a 5 day z-pack. This is my results from a ct scan (IMPRESSION: Small amount of soft tissue material within the left middle ear cavity within the left epitympanum and left mesotympanum, a nonspecific finding, but likely inflammatory in nature. No bony erosions. Mild thickening of the left tympanic membrane . Mild opacification of the left mastoid antrum and mild-to-moderate opacification of the left mastoid air cells.)I can t hear anything out if my left ear now. Awaiting surgery that can t be done till this infection is cleared up. Any help?
Fri, 23 Oct 2015
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Hello,

Thickening of the tympanic membrane with the features the CT report is showing is indicates that you have a middle ear infection. This kind of infection if not brought under control can lead to partial or total deafness in the affected ear.
In my practice, I would seek to get a sample of the fluid to send to the lab so as to know what kind of antibiotics will likely control the infection.

All the best.
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What do mild thickening of the left tympanic membrane in CT scan indicate?

Hello, Thickening of the tympanic membrane with the features the CT report is showing is indicates that you have a middle ear infection. This kind of infection if not brought under control can lead to partial or total deafness in the affected ear. In my practice, I would seek to get a sample of the fluid to send to the lab so as to know what kind of antibiotics will likely control the infection. All the best.