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Case report of cholesteatoma recurrence with Bezold’s abscess presenting as a deep neck infection

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Department of Neuroscience, Otolaryngology Section, University of Padua, Padua, Italy

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Neuroradiology, University of Salerno, Salerno, Italy

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Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Padua, Padua, Italy

B-ENT 2013; 9: 255-258
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Case report of cholesteatoma recurrence with Bezold’s abscess presenting as a deep neck infection. Cervical masses are a common clinical finding, but differential diagnosis is often challenging. Acute neck swellings are often due to deep cervical space infections that have originated at oral or oropharyngeal sites. Deep neck infections originating elsewhere are not rare; however, they are difficult to diagnose, and their origins remain obscure in 20% of cases. Neck swellings that originate in the middle ear are very rare, with only a few reported in the scientific literature. Here we report an atypical case of Bezold’s abscess caused by the recurrence of a middle ear cholesteatoma. In patients with neck swelling and a history of primary cholesteatoma of the middle ear, otolaryngologists should consider regional recurrence of disease a possibility even several years after the primary surgery.

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