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Malignant Otitis Externa - Symptoms and Treatment
Otitis externa refers to an infection of the ear canal (outer ear), the tube leading from the outside opening of the ear in towards the eardrum. It may be acute, chronic, or invasive and it is most common in the summer among children and young adults. With treatment, acute otitis externa usually subsides within 7 days (although it may become chronic) and tends to recur.
Malignant otitis extern a is potentially life threatening and most commonly occurs in controlled diabetic patients. It is caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa and slowly invades from the external canal into adjacent soft tissues, mastoid, and temporal bone. Otitis externa, or swimmer's ear, usually starts out as a nagging itch, brought on by a softening of the protective lining of the ear canal. However, it can blossom into as painful an infection as you will ever experience. For adults, swimmer's ear is the second most common cause of ear pain after TMJ (temporo-mandibular joint) syndrome.
Causes of Malignant Otitis Externa
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Signs and Symptoms of Malignant Otitis Externa
Sign and symptoms may include the following :
Treatment for Malignant Otitis Externa
Treatment may include:
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