In addition to pain and discomfort, a middle ear infection can cause tiny air cells in the temporal bone to fill up with pus. As the infection spreads, potentially reaching the brain, the bone is destroyed, resulting in hearing loss. The only way to diagnose an infection and to rule out other conditions is with a CT scan. An infection of the mastoid can cause serious – even life-threatening – health complications if untreated, so a prompt and proper diagnosis is crucial.
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