Mycoplasma an unlikely cause of bullous myringitis

June 4, 2012
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Otoscopic Clinic

Despite common belief, Mycoplasma pneumoniae is an extremely rare causative agent for bullous myringitis. Instead, it is caused by the same organisms responsible for acute otitis media.

     A 24-year-old, otherwise healthy woman presented to our office complaining of a severe right earache of 4 days’ duration. The pain was described as excruciating with a throbbing character and kept the patient up at night; it was associated with fullness but not with tinnitus, vertigo, influenza, or an upper respiratory tract infection. The patient suffered only a slight hearing loss but had a type A tympanogram.

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CitationEar Nose Throat J. 2012 June;91(6):E30-E31