The red ear
Aryť 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:
Aryť Weinberg, Prosper-Hospital, Department of Oto-rhino-laryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Recklinghausen, Germany
aryeweinberg@gmail.com

©Aryť Weinberg et al. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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