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Case Reports
September 1929

ACUTE MASTOIDITIS IN AN INFANT AGED EIGHT WEEKS

Author Affiliations

NEWARK, N. J.

Am J Dis Child. 1929;38(3):567-569. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1929.01930090119016
Abstract

Within the last few years there has been an intense interest in otologic infections in early infancy due, in a great degree, to the work of Marriott on mastoiditis in young athreptic infants. There has been a general feeling, however, that the association of vomiting and diarrhea, on which so much emphasis has been placed, was possibly not an essential part of the picture. Also in some quarters it was felt that even the existence of a definite clinical and pathologic mastoiditis at so early an age was open to question. About a year ago, I reported1 a case of mastoiditis in an infant, aged 10 weeks, as a postmortem observation without any of the usual signs or symptoms. I now wish to report the case of a patient with mastoiditis who was operated on at the age of 8 weeks; undoubtedly, the condition was of even earlier origin.

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