Korean J Audiol.  2013 Apr;17(1):27-29. 10.7874/kja.2013.17.1.27.

Tuberculous Otitis Media with Facial Paralysis Combined with Labyrinthitis

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  • 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Korea University Ansan Hospital, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. mednlaw@korea.ac.kr

Abstract

Tuberculosis otitis media is a very rare cause of otorrhea, so that it is infrequently considered in differential diagnosis because clinical symptoms are nonspecific, and standard microbiological and histological tests for tuberculosis often give false-negative results. We present a rare case presenting as a rapidly progressive facial paralysis with severe dizziness and hearing loss on the ipsilateral side that was managed with facial nerve decompression and anti-tuberculosis therapy. The objective of this article is to create an awareness of ear tuberculosis, and to consider tuberculosis in the differential diagnosis of chronic otitis media with complications.

Keyword

Tuberculosis; Otitis media; Labyrinthitis

MeSH Terms

Decompression
Diagnosis, Differential
Dizziness
Ear
Ear, Inner
Facial Nerve
Facial Paralysis
Hearing Loss
Labyrinthitis
Otitis
Otitis Media
Tuberculosis
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