Malignant external otitis: Factors predicting patient outcomes

Shavit, S.S. et al. (2016) American Journal of Otolaryngology. 37(5) pp. 425–430

Objective: Malignant external otitis (MEO) is an aggressive infection, primarily affecting elderly diabetic patients. It begins in the external ear canal and spreads to adjacent structures. This study investigated the clinical characteristics of patients diagnosed and treated for MEO and analyzed factors affecting patient outcomes.

Conclusions: MEO carries a grave prognosis. The presence of two or more of the following features, DM, facial nerve palsy, positive CT scan and age above 70, predicts poor outcome, and highlights the need for prolonged, vigorous treatment.

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