Mastoiditis is inflammation and infection of the mastoid bone, located in the middle ear. It usually occurs as a complication of a middle ear infection.
Mastoiditis is a complication of a middle ear infection (otitis media) that happens when the mastoid bone becomes inflamed or infected. Your child’s mastoid bone is a part of the temporal bone, located in the middle ear. The mastoid bone is important to the drainage of the middle ear, so if your child has a middle ear infection, it can lead to mastoiditis. Mastoiditis infections can range from mild to severe and life-threatening.
The bacteria from a middle ear infection can affect the cells in the mastoid, causing mastoiditis.
Your child is at a higher risk for developing mastoiditis if they have recently had a middle ear infection.
The symptoms of mastoiditis include: