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Mastoidectomy - series

Normal anatomy:
Normal anatomy

Mastoid air cells are open, air-containing spaces in one of the skull bones.



Indications:
Indications

An infection of the mastoid air cells that cannot be controlled with antibiotics may call for surgical treatment.



Procedure:
Procedure

A mastoidectomy is the surgical removal of these mastoid air cells; the surgery may extend into the middle ear.




Review Date: 8/3/2010
Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; Seth Schwartz, MD, MPH, Otolaryngologist, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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