Malignant otitis externa

Osteomyelitis of the skull; Otitis externa - malignant; Skull-base osteomyelitis; Necrotizing external otitis

Malignant otitis externa is a disorder that involves infection and damage of the bones of the ear canal and at the base of the skull.

Ear anatomy

The ear consists of external, middle, and inner structures. The eardrum and the three tiny bones conduct sound from the eardrum to the cochlea.



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