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The role of surgery in necrotizing otitis externa

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January 25, 2017
by Maayan Gruber, MD; Eyal Sela, MD; Ilana Doweck, MD; Ariel Roitman, MD; Nechama Uri, MD; Samer Srouji, MD; Raanan Cohen-Kerem, MD

Abstract

This retrospective case review describes a subset of 5 patients with necrotizing otitis externa (NOE) with a refractory disease course who underwent surgery as part of their management plan between 2008 and 2013. Surgery promoted the cure of 4 of the 5 patients, and a fungal pathogen was recovered in 4 of 5 surgical samples. We conclude that surgery may be a necessary diagnostic and treatment adjunct in selective cases of NOE, especially in patients with a refractory disease course or with a suspected fungal etiology.

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