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Malignant external otitis

Sang Kuk Lee, Se A Lee, Sang Woo Seon, Jae Hyun Jung, Jong Dae Lee, Jae Young Choi, Bo Gyung Kim
Objectives: Malignant external otitis (MEO) is a potentially fatal infection of the external auditory canal, temporal bone, and skull base. Despite treatment with modern antibiotics, MEO can lead to skull base osteomyelitis. Until now, there have been few studies on the prognostic factors of MEO. Methods: We performed a retrospective study to identify prognostic factors of MEO, and a meta-analysis of other articles investigating MEO. On the basis of disease progression the 28 patients in our study were divided into 'controlled' and 'uncontrolled' groups, consisting of 12 and 16 patients, respectively...
September 27, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Otorhinolaryngology
Oliver McLaren, Christian Potter
A 79-year-old man, with a history of well-controlled diabetes mellitus, presented with left-sided otalgia. With an initial diagnosis of simple otitis externa, he was discharged on topical drops. He represented 2 months later with worsening otalgia and discharge. A diagnosis of malignant otitis externa was made based on clinical and radiological findings. Intravenous Tazocin and Gentamicin were given based on previous bacterial culture from ear swabs. The patient failed to improve and developed left-sided facial nerve palsy...
2016: BMJ Case Reports
Sagit Stern Shavit, Ethan Soudry, Yaniv Hamzany, Ben Nageris
OBJECTIVE: Malignant external otitis (MEO) is an aggressive infection, primarily affecting elderly diabetic patients. It begins in the external ear canal and spreads to adjacent structures. This study investigated the clinical characteristics of patients diagnosed and treated for MEO and analyzed factors affecting patient outcomes. STUDY DESIGN: Historical cohort. SETTING: Tertiary medical center. METHODS: Medical records of all patients diagnosed and treated for MEO from 1990 to 2013, were retrospectively reviewed...
September 2016: American Journal of Otolaryngology
Antonio Guerrero-Espejo, Inmaculada Valenciano-Moreno, Rafael Ramírez-Llorens, Palmira Pérez-Monteagudo
INTRODUCTION: Malignant external otitis is a necrotizing infection, which extends from the squamous epithelium of the ear canal to the adjacent tissue. The objective of the study was to investigate its incidence and other epidemiological data in Spain, reporting the largest case series to date. METHODS: A descriptive, retrospective study of the Spanish population was carried out using the minimum basic data set (MBDS) based on data of patients admitted to hospitals in the 2008-2013 period...
May 27, 2016: Acta Otorrinolaringológica Española
M Mion, R Bovo, R Marchese-Ragona, A Martini
The aim of this review is to summarise literature data on clinical aspects and traditional management of fungal malignant external otitis (FMEO), and to identify potential predictive factors of positive treatment outcome. Articles were initially selected based on their titles or abstracts. Full articles were then retrieved and further scrutinised according to predetermined criteria. Reference lists of selected articles were searched for any missed publications. The selected articles were methodologically evaluated...
October 2015: Acta Otorhinolaryngologica Italica
S T Exarchos, V A Lachanas, S Tsiouvaka, E Kapsalaki, J G Bizakis
BACKGROUND: Ipsilateral hypoglossal nerve (XII) paresis has never been reported as the first and only complication of malignant otitis external (MOE). CASE REPORT: A 73-year-old diabetic male with persistent left temporomandibular joint ache and ear fullness was admitted with the diagnosis of MOE. He received intravenous ciprofloxacin for 14 days and then continued with oral administration (per os). After two months, he returned with otalgia, swallowing difficulty, and ipsilateral XII paresis...
2015: B-ENT
Suck-Chul Lee, Jae-Hyung Kim, Chul-Hoon Kim, Bok-Joo Kim
Skull-base osteomyelitis is a rare disease affecting the medulla of the temporal, sphenoid, and occipital bones. In general, it occurs due to external ear canal infections caused by malignant external otitis. Skull-base osteomyelitis usually affects elderly diabetic patients. The patient, a 58-year-old man, was referred for evaluation and management of the left jaw. Clinical examination of the patient revealed pain in the left jaw and mouth-opening deflection to the left. The maximum active mouth opening was measured to about 27 mm...
December 2015: Maxillofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Yushi Ueki, Hiroshi Matsuyama, Yuka Morita, Kuniyuki Takahashi, Yutaka Yamamoto, Sugata Takahashi
Typical osteomyelitis is reportedly caused by Pseudomonous aeruginosa in elderly diabetic patients after malignant external otitis. Recently, complications have arisen due to the emergence of atypical osteomyelitis. We have experiensed 5 cases of skull base osteomyelitis at our hospital. All patients were male with a mean age of 75.2 years. Four patients had diabetes. Regarding the clinical and radiographic findings, patients 1, 2, and 3 had typical osteomyelitis after malignant external otitis, whereas patients 4 and 5 had atypical osteomyelitis without temporal bone findings...
January 2015: Nihon Jibiinkoka Gakkai Kaiho
Karolina Dorobisz, Marzena Kubacka, Krzysztof Zub, Tadeusz Dorobisz, Marzena Janczak, Anna Roszkowska, Tomasz Zatoński, Tomasz Kręcicki, Marcin Frączek
Squamous cell carcinoma of the external auditory canal is a very rare and unusual malignancy, representing less than 0.2% of all head and neck cancers. The authors present a case of 78-year-old patient with bilateral squamous cell carcinoma of the external auditory canal-cT4N0M0 G2, pT4N2bM0, initially treated as a chronic otitis external. The patient was qualifies for the one-step removal of cancer of the earlobe and the external auditory canal. Because of complications during the operation, the plan of treatment was changed...
August 2015: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
Xiao-Long Liu, Hong Peng, Ting-Ting Mo, Yong Liang
A healthy 60-year-old male was initially treated for external otitis, and subsequently received multiple surgeries including abscess drainage, temporal bone debridement, canaloplasty of the external auditory meatus, and fistula excision and was treated with numerous antibiotics at another hospital over a 1-year period. He was seen at our hospital on February 14, 2014 with a complaint of a non-healing wound behind the left ear and drainage of purulent fluid. He had no history of diabetes mellitus or compromised immune function...
August 2016: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
Vadisha Bhat, Ajaz Aziz, Satheesh Kumar Bhandary, Rajeshwary Aroor, Shrinath D Kamath P, Marina Saldanha
OBJECTIVE: Malignant otitis externa (MOE) is an uncommon but potentially fatal disease of the external auditory canal. The study aimed at evaluating the demographic profile, coexisting disabilities, clinical presentations, and management of MOE. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a retrospective study of patients with MOE who were treated at the Otorhinolaryngology Department of our institution. The case records of patients treated between 2006 and 2013 for MOE were reviewed from the Medical Records Department of the hospital...
April 2015: Journal of International Advanced Otology
J Manuel Sarmiento, Andrew S Venteicher, Chirag G Patil
BACKGROUND: In most people with low-grade gliomas (LGG), the primary treatment regimen remains a combination of surgery followed by postoperative radiotherapy. However, the optimal timing of radiotherapy is controversial. It is unclear whether to use radiotherapy in the early postoperative period, or whether radiotherapy should be delayed until tumour progression occurs. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of early postoperative radiotherapy versus radiotherapy delayed until tumour progression for low-grade intracranial gliomas in people who had initial biopsy or surgical resection...
June 29, 2015: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
X Zhang, S Bai, H Li, H Hu, X Duan, M Chen, D Wang, Y Chen, F Zhang, J Shen
OBJECTIVE: To summarize the radiological and clinical features of radiation-induced external auditory canal carcinomas (RIEACCs) in patients with nasopharyngeal carcinomas (NPCs) after radiation therapy. METHODS: CT, MRI and clinical features in 16 patients with histologically proven RIEACCs were retrospectively reviewed. There were 2 females and 14 males, with a median age of 52.5 years at the time of diagnosis of RIEACC. Imaging parameters including lesion extent, size, margin, shape, bone destruction, adjacent structure invasion, density/signal intensity, and pattern and degree of enhancement were assessed...
June 2015: British Journal of Radiology
Sami Zriba, Ramzi Jeddi, Karima Kacem, Hend Ben Neji, Lamia Aissaoui, Raihane Ben Lakhal, Zaher Belhadj Ali, Hela Ben Abid, Riadh Battikh, Balkis Meddeb
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August 2014: La Tunisie Médicale
N Avetisyan, J Lautermann
In the literature there is very little information about the importance of diabetes mellitus for ear diseases. Therefore, this article gives an overview about contact points between endocrinological and otological problems in patients with diseases of the ear and pre-existing diabetes mellitus. In particular the focus is on the impact of diabetes mellitus on patients with external otitis, malignant external otitis, otitis media, sudden sensorineural hearing loss and slowly progressive hearing loss. Diseases, such as osteomyelitis of the lateral skull base, sudden and slowly progressive hearing loss are also discussed in detail...
November 2014: HNO
S P Williams, T L Curnow, R Almeyda
Necrotising otitis externa is an uncommon and aggressive infection of the external auditory canal with a tendency to present in the elderly and immunocompromised patient. We report a series of twenty-five patients admitted to our institution over a four-year period with this diagnosis. We review the diagnosis and antimicrobial management of these cases, and propose a treatment algorithm based on our experience.
2014: B-ENT
Jia-Cheng Chen, Chien-Fu Yeh, An-Suey Shiao, Tzong-Yang Tu
Fifty-five patients hospitalized for osteomyelitis of the temporal bone between 1990 and 2011 were divided into two study groups: group 1 was patients collected from 1990 to 2001 and group 2 was composed of patients between 2002 and 2011. Clinical diagnostic criteria and epidemiologic data were analyzed to illustrate the altering features of osteomyelitis of the temporal bone. Group 1 patients were characterized by high prevalence of diabetes and more commonly suffered from otalgia, otitis externa and granulation tissue in the external auditory canal and higher positive culture for Pseudomonas aeruginosa...
2014: TheScientificWorldJournal
Atsushi Saito, Wenting Jia, Tatsuya Sasaki, Hiroki Mizukami, Akira Sasaki, Hideichi Shinkawa, Michiharu Nishijima
Cerebral venous thrombosis as a manifestation of paraneoplastic angitis and otitis media, revealing non-Hodgkin B-cell lymphoma (NHBL), is extremely rare. A 57-year-old woman presented with headache, auditory disturbance and recalcitrant otitis media. Magnetic resonance imaging showed brain edema in the temporal lobe and transverse sinus thrombosis. External drainage under antibiotic treatment was repeated based on a diagnosis of invasive otitis media and mastoiditis associated with infectious sinus thrombosis, but the condition deteriorated progressively...
May 2014: Case Reports in Neurology
Jenny Walton, Chris Coulson
Fungal malignant otitis externa (FMOE) is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition that is challenging to manage. Diagnosis is often delayed due to the low sensitivity of aural swabs and many antifungal drugs have significant side effects. We present a case of FMOE, where formal tissue sampling revealed the diagnosis and the patient was successfully treated with voriconazole, in addition to an up to date review of the current literature. We would recommend tissue biopsy of the external auditory canal in all patients with suspected FMOE in addition to routine microbiology swabs...
2014: Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Francesco Galletti, Giovanni Cammaroto, Bruno Galletti, Natale Quartuccio, Francesca Di Mauro, Sergio Baldari
We report two cases of malignant external otitis (MEO) evaluated with Technetium-99m((99m)Tc)-labelled sulesomab. Two patients affected by MEO are presented, together with a literature review. Both patients were studied with clinical examination, ear discharge culture, radiological imaging, blood exams, (99m)Tc Sulesomab, and treated with antibiotic therapy. (99m)Tc-Sulesomab would appear to be an useful tool for diagnosis and follow-up of MEO, highlighting the site and extension of the inflammatory process, and evaluating course and treatment efficacy...
June 2015: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
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