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Clinical Note
January 1999

Fungal Mastoiditis in Immunocompromised Children

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (Drs Slack, Watson, Shaw, and Chan) and Pediatrics (Division of Infectious Diseases) (Dr Abzug), University of Colorado School of Medicine, The Children's Hospital, Denver.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1999;125(1):73-75. doi:10.1001/archotol.125.1.73

The immunocompromised host is subject to a variety of opportunistic infections. Mycotic infections, including invasive fungal sinusitis, are a dreaded complication in immune deficient children. Fungal mastoiditis has rarely been described in this population. Our experience with 2 cases of fungal mastoiditis in immunocompromised children is reviewed. Case histories describing aggressive medical management with and without surgical intervention and a review of the literature are presented.

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