The red ear
Aryé Weinberg, Ralph Magritz
The Pan African Medical Journal. ;30:34. doi:10.11604/pamj..30.34.15020

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The red ear

Aryé Weinberg, Ralph Magritz
Pan Afr Med J. 2018; 30:34. doi:10.11604/pamj.2018.30.34.15020. Published 16 May 2018

A 5-year-old boy was presented to our out-patient clinic by his father with a painful swollen red left ear (A). The father stated that his son has been suffering from an upper- respiratory tract infection and that his left ear has been hurting since the other day. Hearing loss was denied. Clinical examination showed a painfull swelling of the left ear causing it to stick out. Behind the ear an insect bite was noticed, probably from a mosquito (B). Otoscopy showed a white transparent ear drum with no signs of infection. Thus an acute mastoiditis based on a middle ear infection was excluded. The patient was treated for a mosquito bite with a topical coricoidsteroid gel and cooling. The boy totally recovered after two days.

Corresponding author:
Aryé Weinberg, Prosper-Hospital, Department of Oto-rhino-laryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Recklinghausen, Germany

©Aryé Weinberg et al. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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