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Year : 2023  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 34-37

Acute mastoiditis in a young child

1 Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Asir Central Hospital, Abha, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Abha Maternity and Children's Hospital, Abha, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Salmah M Alharbi
Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Asir Central Hospital, Abha
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/sjoh.sjoh_39_22

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Acute mastoiditis is a serious complication of acute otitis media. It is a destructive inflammatory disease of the mastoid bone. There is no consensus on the management of acute mastoiditis in children. Proper choice of the treatment regimen according to the presentation of the patient and the patient's response to therapy is critical to prevent further complications. We report the case of a 3-month-old child with acute otomastoiditis complicated by subperiosteal and subcutaneous abscesses. He was successfully managed with intravenous antibiotics, incision and drainage of the abscesses, and myringotomy tube insertion without the need for mastoidectomy.

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