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Call the pediatrician and make them call and get t...

2010-03-06T15:43:23.465-06:00

Call the pediatrician and make them call and get the first appointment on an emergency basis for the ENT - you shouldn't be waiting! I learned that when I needed to see a GI doctor with my daughter. I have no advice other than to push for appointments with as many specialists as possible.



Our son had ear tubes put in March of '07 due ...

2010-03-04T18:42:27.409-06:00

Our son had ear tubes put in March of '07 due to reoccuring ear infections. Things were great until March '09 when he woke with blood all over his pillow and in his ear. The ENT said his eardrum had spontaneoulsy burst, something that was supposedly rare..but two weeks later it happened in the other ear..this was followed by extreme horrible ear infections over and over for the next nine months...the dr who out the tubes in suggested another set of tubes (the old one were partially out and in the ear canal), another dr kept giving him the darn ear drops, finally I had enough- Dec 28th we had the tubes removed and the ear drum patched (other ear drum had healed)- he has since been ear infection free and has even been able to return to swimming- he was having inner ear rather than outer ear infections i guess:? We're hoping we've finally figured it out, but he seems happy and has stopped complaining about his ears...hope this helps



It might be a Cholesteatoma. My brother had this ...

2010-03-04T10:36:27.970-06:00

It might be a Cholesteatoma. My brother had this when he was a child and my mom was told by his doctor that he just had ear infections, he ended up needing surgery to correct this problem.

Here is what information I have about it, I am watching my kids because it tends to run in families. My cousin had one and it was not corrected and she lost her hearing.

A cholesteatoma is a skin growth that occurs in an abnormal location, the middle ear behind the ear drum. It is usually due to repeated infections which causes an ingrowth of the skin in the eardrum. Cholestreatoma often takes the form of a cyst or pouch whch sheds layers of old skin that build up inside the ear. Over time, the cholestreatoma increases in size and estroys the surrounding delicate bones of the middle ear. A cholesteatoma usually occurs because of poor eustachian tube function as well as infection in the middle ear. When the eustachian tubes work poorly, perhaps due to allergy, a cold or sinusitis, the air in the middle ear is absorbed by the body, and a partial vacuum results in the ear. The vacuum pressure sucks in a pouch or sac by stretching the eardrum, especially areas weakened by previous infections. This sac often becomes a cholesteatoma.
The symptoms are: Initially, the ear may drain, sometimes with a foul order. As the cholesteatoma pouch or sac enlarges, it can cause a full feeling or pressure in the ear, along with hearing loss. An ache behind or in the ear, especially at night, may cause significant discomfort. Dizziness, or muscle weakness on one side of the face( the side of the infected ear) can occur. Any, or all of these symptoms are good reasons to seek medical evaluation.

I am sorry that this is so long, but when you said that she had drainage with sometimes odor that caught my attention.

I hope you will be able to get some answers.

Shelly