Manifest mastoiditis in childhood: a current critical review

L. Imrei, P. Sótonyi

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We made a follow-up study on forty children from our patient material, which had been operated because of manifest mastoiditis. We could establish the following: the number of operations has been increasing in recent years while there has been a significant drop in the number of cases with a preceding phase of otitis. A very characteristic pathological alteration, viz. the proliferation of granular tissue was found during the operation indicating that a short anamnestic period is illusory since before the mastoiditis manifests itself, there has obviously been a latent, long-lasting inflammatory process which apparently goes on without symptoms. Antibiotics, their excessive and unnecessary dosage, together with viral infections reducing immunity, may play a considerable role in the occurrence of these characteristic changes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-194
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Issue numberC
Publication statusPublished - 1983



  • antibiotics
  • mastoiditis
  • otitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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