Mastoiditis

What is Mastoiditis?

Infection in the air cell system of the mastoid process.

Questions and answers on "Mastoiditis"

I have mastoiditis and had a tube inserted in my left ear 2 weeks ago. Over the week-end, the glands in my neck and jaw (on both sides, not just the left) have swollen significantly. Is this normal for mastoiditis patients? Should I be concerned that this is a sign of something more serious?

doctor1 MD

Hello,

I can understand your concern. It is less likely that the infection of the mastoid bone spread to the neck and jaws. The swelling of the jaw and neck on both the sides seem unrelated to the mastoiditis itself.

However, it is a possibility that you are allergic to the medicines prescribed...

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i would like to know why the ear still sticks out after having mastoiditis and using the antibiotic and drops for the ear. is this normal for the ear to still be this way? its been since june 2010.

doctor1 MD

Hi,

Welcome to HealthcareMagic Forum.

Did you get a recheck with Mastoiditis with the ENT doctor? Usually the antibiotic course for Mastoiditis runs for 15 days. I hope you do not have any hearing loss or pain or fever?

A repeat CT scan can help us locate if there is some loculations left in the...

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Hello I am a 51 year old female and been having trouble with my left ear, feels like something is down there, and hurts gives me a headache, I have a sinus infection and he said I have this mastoiditis, gave me Cipra 500mg 2x daily and to take ibuprophen 800 mg 3 x daily.

doctor1 MD

hello, thanks for your query, mastoiditis ( mastoid is air containing bone connected to middle ear, whenever ear infection goes to mastoid bone causes mastoiditis leads to hearing loss, ear discharge and pain. it could be from middle ear or sinus infections. kindly evaluate by an ent surgeon it...

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The report of CT scan of my son s temporal bone is as below: 1. Near opacification of the left middle ear and mastoid air cells are non specific and may represent either fluid, mucus, granulation tissue or a combination of these. Minimal fluid also seen in the right middle ear and mastoid a with non specific soft tissue opacities in the right Prussac spac likely represents granulation tissue. No bony or ossicular erosion is noted. Overall findings are in keeping with bilateral onto mastoiditis. 2. Mild mucosal thickening in both maxillary sinuses and posterior ethmoid sinuses are non specific.

doctor1 MD

Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic

Granulation tissue is essentially scar tissue and the report states that the opacity (dark area) seen in the left middle ear may be due to fluids/mucus or granulation (scar tissue from a previous infection or trauma).

The overall findings state the the signs...

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Hi

I am suffering from Chronic mastoiditis for 2 years. There is no ear discharge. I had never got any ear discharge or fever. My eardrum is normal but CT shows fluid in mastoid. Bone scan shows increased uptake in mastoid. I underwent mastoidectomy 2 times (both cortical). Still I have the following symptoms -
pain in the affected side. Not exactly on the mastoid but in the parietal and occipital scalp and top of head. Sometimes rarely inside the ear and also near the surgery scar.

My questions -
1. I have pain in the upper part of mastoid near the surgery scar. Any idea about the cause? Is there any nerve involvement?
2. Is the pain in the scalp normal after 3 months of surgery?
3. My bone biopsy shows - "Calcification of lamellar mastoid bone". What does that mean? Is it dangerous?
4. My ESR is 5 and CRP is within 10-15 over the last 6 months. Can this indicate infection?
5. My bone biopsy revealed some mild lymphocytes in the mastoid. Is it due to chronic infection or inflammation?
6. I have sharp shooting pain on top of my head near the vertex and also near my eyes. Whole scalp on the affected side seems to be inflammed. Can this be due to infection or surgery?

Thanks,
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doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Unusual. Trigeminal Neuralgia. Review CT, meds

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thank you for your query.

1. Pain around the post aural surgical incision may be due to small unnamed cutaneous nerves that may be cut while the incision is taken.

2. Occasional or dull aches and pains in the scalp...

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I am a 43 year-old adult female who has just been diagnosed with Mastoiditis. My doctor is not currently treating it as she has referred me to the ENT clinic on an air force base. My appointment has been scheduled for August 5th. Should I be concerned about waiting so long??

doctor1 MD

Hello and thank you for your question.
Yes you should be concerned. Mastoiditis must be treated with antibiotics immediately. If not it can cause very serious infections in the brain. Please make sure you get on an antibiotic for the mastoiditis immediately.

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I have pain in the mastoid area and down that side of my neck. Could this be inflamed lymph nodes?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Inflammed lymph nodes always have swelling of node

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

Thanks for posting on XXXXXXX

If you feel pain around the mastoid area without swelling, then lymph node inflammation may not be the most likely culprit.
We need to look at diseases conditions such as...

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Recent questions on  Mastoiditis

doctor1 MD

I was in an accident and fractured my left temporal bone 7 weeks ago and since then I had a recent mri that shows I still have fliud in mastoid air cells. I have been to the local ENT doctor and he said I am fine and didn t even look into my ear. I have pressure problems in the left ear that is coming back and ear is starting to swell. Could the fluid which they said was blood right after my accident turn into an infection?

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My name is Jao. 35. 5 7 height. 64 kgs. I have a chronic dizziness that have been for 6 months. I was diagnozed with bilateral mastoiditis based on city scan (buy my case is not as complicated as what we read on the net). I dont have redness and nothing is swollen behind my ears. no discharge too. My last two EENT said that infection is over. But a General Practitioner told me that I have a blood clot in my right ear that possibly cause my persistent dizziness. I do have a ringing in my ear rarely. Also, when I try swallowing, I can feel like a tolerable pinch nerve somewhere in the right side of my neck. The symptoms are very mild that sometimes I dont get to notice them. The General Practitioner prescribed me a DUXIL. Is there such thing as blood clot in the ear??

doctor1 MD

I do not have dizziness, but a CT scan came back "Sclerosis and fluid is noted within the right mastoid air cells suggesting the presence of chronic mastoiditis". Pain in jaw and lower ear neckline. moderate to severe. In Lay terms, what is going on? Thanik you

doctor1 MD

I am a male. 35. 65 kgs. i was diagnozed as having bilateral mastoiditis. it's more than two weeks of antibiotic. but im still sufferring. the doctor said before it was severe and now it's mild infection. can you tell me how long is the recovery period from mastoiditis? thanks a lot.

doctor1 MD

Hi, I have 3-4 pink colored rashes that's surrounding an old Infection(closed two weeks ago) in my left forearm. They started dime sized, circular, pink colored rashes with bumpy tops. They change color when pressed and were very itchy. I was...

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Dear Doctor, From Yesterday night i am having a intermittent sharp pain behind my right ear. This is predominant during urinating, peeing(Giving little pressure during release of urination & Peeing), turning my neck suddenly. Rest of the time it...

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sir, good morning, I took mri brain for my child (age 14), the report says findings are 1. Mild right inferior tonsillar ectopia is seen, 3 mm below the foramen magnum 2. Adenoidal hypertrophy is seen narrowing the airway 3.Left mastoiditis +. Any...

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