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September 1972

Otogenic Intracranial Complications

Author Affiliations

Johannesburg, South Africa
From the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Baragwanath Hospital, and the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1972;96(3):220-222. doi:10.1001/archotol.1972.00770090342003

Twenty-eight consecutive cases of otogenic intracranial complications occurring in South African Negroes are reviewed. These cases are evaluated with regard to incidence, bacteriology, pathology, clinical features, prognosis, and treatment. Intracranial complications occur frequently in a population where otitis media is neglected. Antibiotics have decreased the incidence and mortality rate, but surgery remains the cornerstone of therapy and should be undertaken with minimal delay.