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January 1955

COMPLICATIONS RESULTING FROM CHRONIC MASTOIDITIS WITH CHOLESTEATOMA: Report of a Case with Subperiosteal Abscess and Paralysis of the Facial and Spinal Accessory Nerves

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1955;61(1):71-73. doi:10.1001/archotol.1955.00720020084011

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PARALYSIS of the facial nerve resulting from chronic mastoiditis with cholesteatoma is relatively common. However, a study of the literature for the past 10 years reveals no case of either subperiosteal abscess or paralysis of the spinal accessory nerve associated with this clinical entity. For this reason it is felt that the following case report is of interest, since it includes all the complications mentioned.

Fig. 1.—Subperiosteal abscess.

Fig. 2.—Paralysis of right side of the face.

REPORT OF CASE  A 28-year-old white woman was referred to me on April 22, 1953.She gave a history of drainage from the right ear since scarlet fever at the age of 2 years. It had been treated throughout childhood by her local physician. At the age of 10 years she was operated on for an abscess between the left lung and kidney. The operation took place in a large Eastern city, and after

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