Osteomyelitis of the skull; Otitis externa - malignant
Drainage from the ear- yellow, yellow-green, foul smelling, persistent
Ear pain- felt deep inside the ear and may get worse when moving head
Itchingof the ear or ear canal
- Trouble swallowing
- Weakness in the face
- Voice loss
Signs and tests
A doctor will look into your ear for signs of an outer ear infection (otitis externa). The head around and behind the ear may be tender to touch. A nervous system (neurological) examination may show that the cranial nerves are affected.
If there is any drainage, the doctor may send it to the lab for a culture. The purpose of the culture is to look for bacteria or fungi, usually the bacteria Pseudomonas.
To look for signs of a
CT scan of the head
MRI scan of the head
- Radionuclide scan