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What causes mastoiditis?

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Mastoiditis happens when cells in your mastoid bone get infected or inflamed, often because of an untreated middle ear infection. In acute mastoiditis, the infection may spread outside the mastoid bone and cause serious health issues.

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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