Title:
Case report of cholesteatoma recurrence with Bezolds abscess presenting as a deep neck infection
Authors:
M. Lionello , R. Manara , L. Lora , I. Mylonakis , E. Fasanaro , F. B. La Torre , G. Ottaviano , A. Staffieri and R. Marchese Ragona 1
Institutions:
1Department of Neuroscience, Otolaryngology Section, University of Padua, Padua, Italy; Neuroradiology, University of Salerno, Salerno, Italy; Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Padua, Padua, Italy
Keywords:
Cholesteatoma, Bezold, neck abscess, mastoidectomy
Pages:
255 - 258
Abstract:
Case report of cholesteatoma recurrence with Bezolds 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 Bezolds abscess caused by the recurrence of a middle ear cholesteatoma. In patients with neck swell- ing 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.
Issue:
Vol. 9, 2013, 3rd trimester


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Case report of cholesteatoma recurrence with Bezolds abscess presenting as a deep neck infection