Korean J Audiol.  2012 Apr;16(1):31-34. 10.7874/kja.2012.16.1.31.

Otogenic Brain Abscess Presenting with Gait Ataxia

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  • 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, College of Medicine, Soonchunhyang University, Bucheon, Korea. ljdent@schmc.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Neurosurgery, College of Medicine, Soonchunhyang University, Bucheon, Korea.

Abstract

Although the occurrence of otogenic brain abscess has been considerably reduced through improvements to antibiotics, brain abscesses remains one of the most significant life threatening complications of chronic otitis media. We report the case of a 67-year-old male patient who presented with gait ataxia and dizziness. Imaging studies revealed a left cerebellar abscess and extensive destructive changes to the labyrinth due to chronic otitis media. We conclude that otogenic brain abscess should be considered as differential diagnosis in patients with chronic otitis media who develop central vertigo.

Keyword

Brain abscess; Otitis media; Gait ataxia

MeSH Terms

Abscess
Aged
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Brain
Brain Abscess
Diagnosis, Differential
Dizziness
Ear, Inner
Gait
Gait Ataxia
Humans
Male
Otitis Media
Vertigo
Anti-Bacterial Agents
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