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Temporal lobe abscess – as a result of COVID pandemic

1 Department of ENT, INHS Asvini, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of ENT, 151 BH, Guwahati, Assam, India

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Tejpal Singh Bedi,
Department of ENT, 151 BH, Guwahati - 781 029, Assam
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DOI: 10.4103/jmms.jmms_103_22

Complications of chronic otitis media have reduced substantially in the postantibiotic era. The complications are described as being intracranial and extracranial. Intracranial complications are rarer epidemiologically; however, the recent COVID pandemic has led to widespread delay among the general populace from seeking therapy. We present a case where a 22-year-old male failed to seek timely intervention for otorrhea and developed a temporal lobe abscess. The patient was subsequently managed through an intact canal wall mastoidectomy and tympanoplasty with drainage of pus through the transmastoid approach. On follow-up, there was an adequate resolution of the abscess with a well-healed tympanic cavity.

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