Mastoiditis is an infection of the mastoid bone. This condition can affect children as well as adults. Symptoms include fever, swelling of the area behind the ear, drainage of the ear, and tenderness behind the ear. The main cause of this condition can be linked to a middle ear infection. Treatment includes antibiotics (oral, or in severe cases intravenous), myringotomy and tube placement, or a mastoidectomy. A mastoidectomy is where the mastoid (boney area behind the ear), is opened up so that the infection can drain out.
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