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What can happen if mastoiditis is left untreated?

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If left untreated, mastoiditis can cause serious, even life-threatening, health complications, including hearing loss, blood clot, meningitis, or a brain abscess. But with early and appropriate antibiotic treatment, these complications can usually be avoided and you can recover completely.

If you have an earache, discharge or trouble hearing, see your doctor. He or she will decide if you need antibiotics to help prevent mastoiditis and other serious health complications.

From: Mastoiditis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford: "Pediatric Mastoiditis."

Children's Memorial Hospital: "Acute and chronic mastoiditis."

Hearinginfo.org: "Mastoiditis."

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta: "Mastoiditis."

National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 31, 2019

SOURCES:

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford: "Pediatric Mastoiditis."

Children's Memorial Hospital: "Acute and chronic mastoiditis."

Hearinginfo.org: "Mastoiditis."

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta: "Mastoiditis."

National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 31, 2019

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