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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 289-291

Necrotizing (malignant) otitis externa: An unusual localization of mucormycosis


1 Department of Endocrinology, Diyarbakir, Turkey
2 Department of Infectious Diseases, Diyarbakir, Turkey
3 Department of Pathology, Diyarbakir, Turkey

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M K Celen
Department of Infectious Diseases, Diyarbakir
Turkey
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DOI: 10.4103/0255-0857.29390

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Malignant otitis externa (MOE) is a severe infection of external auditory canal and skull base. A 17-year-old diabetic girl was admitted with diabetic ketoacidosis. Cellulitis of her right ear occurred on the second day of hospitalization and a black necrotic scar in the same region appeared on the next day. The lesion rapidly invaded to right side of neck and surrounding tissue of the patient. Therefore, antimycotic therapy was started. Unfortunately the patient died on seventh day of hospitalization because of probably extensive fungal invasion. Physicians should suspect MOE connected to mucormycosis especially in patients with cutaneous lesions of ear unresponsive to antibiotic therapy.






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