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Modern presentations of Bezold's abscess.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2765234     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The use of antibiotics in suppurative otitis media has greatly diminished the incidence of complications. Deep neck abscess arising from acute mastoiditis, a disease thoroughly described by Frederick Bezold early in this century, has become rare. In the last three years we have treated five cases of deep neck abscess of otogenic origin at our hospital. These cases exemplify Bezold's classic description in their site of origin in the mastoid process and route of spread in the neck. However, our contemporary examples differed in clinical setting, latency of onset, and bacterial cause. In four of the cases, delay in diagnosis occurred because of failure to recognize the disorder. Computed tomography has proved valuable in the anatomic diagnosis and surgical planning. Renewed familiarity with the clinical presentations and pathogenesis of this now uncommon condition may prevent delay in diagnosis and initiation of therapy.
E E Smouha; M J Levenson; V K Anand; S C Parisier
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of otolaryngology--head & neck surgery     Volume:  115     ISSN:  0886-4470     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch. Otolaryngol. Head Neck Surg.     Publication Date:  1989 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-10-05     Completed Date:  1989-10-05     Revised Date:  2006-03-28    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8603209     Medline TA:  Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1126-9     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Otolaryngology, Boston University School of Medicine.
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MeSH Terms
Abscess / diagnosis,  etiology*
Acute Disease
Mastoiditis / complications*
Middle Aged
Proteus Infections
Pseudomonas Infections
Staphylococcal Infections
Streptococcal Infections

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