Chronic middle ear inflammation. We are here for you with the right operation you need, depending on the specific stage of the disease.
Children often suffer from acute inflammation of the middle ear, which is known as ‘otitis media acuta’. Usually this type of painful ear disorder does not require surgery. However if the complaint develops into a chronic condition, then we are dealing with a serious inflammation of the middle ear, which in some circumstances will require surgical intervention
For otitis media chronica, that is, chronic middle ear infection, there is repeated or permanent infection of the middle ear. Regarding chronic middle ear infection, in our practice we can evaluate your condition, the stage of the condition and suggest the right form of treatment, possibly surgery.
There are many reasons for chronic middle ear infection; enlarged adenoids (adenoids vegetation), allergies, curvature of the nasal septum or recurrent infection of the nasal and paranasal sinuses. Ultimately, poor ventilation of the middle ear from the nose leads to chronic middle ear problems.
Chronic middle ear infection may initially cause only minor concerns. It is often not even associated with pain, and consequently the patient may underestimate its aggressiveness and seriousness. If the patient is already experiencing symptoms such as poor hearing, ringing in the ears, dizziness and headache, the ear disease is possibly quite advanced. A particularly alarming symptom is an evil smelling discharge that leaks out of the ear from a perforation in the eardrum.
Should you have a chronic middle ear infection, we first have to evaluate the stage of the condition. The main question is whether the problem is chronic suppuration of the lining of the middle ear, or whether the chronic suppuration has already spread to the bone. Then there is the fundamental diagnostic question of whether there is an inflamed growth in the middle ear, a condition often referred to as deep bone infection. The medical term for this is cholesteatoma. This is a very severe ear disease, which we will deal with in a separate section.