Mastoiditis secondary to metastatic lung carcinoma: case report and literature review

P J Clamp, A H Jardine

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: We present a case report and systematic review of acute mastoiditis caused by metastatic lung cancer.

CASE REPORT: A 62-year-old woman developed acute mastoiditis as a complication of otitis media. Cortical mastoidectomy revealed deposits of metastatic non-small cell lung carcinoma around the sigmoid sinus. The patient had previously received treatment for lung cancer, but was thought to be in remission.

DISCUSSION: A literature review confirmed that this is the first reported case of mastoiditis caused by metastatic lung cancer. Only four similar case reports were identified: two caused by breast carcinoma, one by renal cell carcinoma and one by cholangiocarcinoma. Post-mortem histopathological studies suggest that temporal bone metastasis occurs in 22 per cent of oncology cases.

CONCLUSION: This is the first reported case of mastoiditis caused by metastatic lung cancer. Metastasis to the temporal bone is not uncommon, but rarely causes mastoiditis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1173-5
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Laryngology and Otology
Volume125
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011

Keywords

  • Biopsy
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung
  • Earache
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Mastoid
  • Mastoiditis
  • Middle Aged
  • Middle Ear Ventilation
  • Necrosis
  • Otitis Media with Effusion
  • Skull Neoplasms
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Treatment Outcome

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