Scientific article
Case report

Atypical presentations of malignant otitis externa

Published inJournal of laryngology and otology, vol. 124, no. 11, p. 1205-1208
Publication date2010

INTRODUCTION: Malignant otitis externa is a life-threatening infection of the skull base. Its presentation is not always typical. CASE REPORTS: We report three cases of malignant otitis externa which illustrate the diversity of its clinical manifestations and the difficulties in its diagnosis. DISCUSSION: The perception of malignant otitis externa as an infection caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa in diabetic patients is not always correct. The adoption of diagnostic criteria could be helpful in identifying atypical cases.

  • Aged
  • Anti-Infective Agents/therapeutic use
  • Aspergillosis/complications
  • Aspergillus flavus/isolation & purification
  • Brain Abscess/etiology/radiography/surgery
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Disease Progression
  • Earache/etiology
  • Female
  • Hearing Loss, Sensorineural/etiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mastoid/surgery
  • Middle Aged
  • Necrosis
  • Osteomyelitis/*etiology/therapy
  • Otitis Externa/*diagnosis/etiology/therapy
  • Otologic Surgical Procedures/methods
  • *Pseudomonas Infections/diagnosis
  • Skull Base
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Vertigo/etiology
Citation (ISO format)
VOUREXAKIS, Zacharias, KOS, Maria Izabel, GUYOT, Jean-Philippe. Atypical presentations of malignant otitis externa. In: Journal of laryngology and otology, 2010, vol. 124, n° 11, p. 1205–1208. doi: 10.1017/S0022215110000307
ISSN of the journal0022-2151

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