Nuclear scanning in necrotizing progressive “malignant” external otitis

Simon C. Parisier, Frank E. Lucente, Peter M. Som, Sholom Z. Hirschman, Leon M. Arnold, Jeffrey D. Roffman

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The usefulness of radionuclear scanning in the treatment of 18 patients with necrotizing progressive “malignant” external otitis is discussed. A Tc 99-m bone scan, a valuable test since results are positive in early cases of osteomyelitis of the temporal bone and base of skull, showed increased uptake in all 18 patients. In 6 patients, Ga-67 citrate scans were obtained at the start of therapy and at 5-6 week intervals thereafter. The serial gallium scans were useful in evaluating the effectiveness of therapy since the uptake decreased with control of infection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1016-1020
Number of pages5
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1982


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