Bezold abscess

Be·zold ab·scess

an abscess deep to the superior part of the sternocleidomastoid muscle due to suppurative destruction of the mastoid tip cells in mastoiditis.


Friedrich, German otologist, 1842-1908.
Bezold abscess - an abscess deep in the neck's parapharyngeal space associated with suppuration in the mastoid tip cells.
Bezold mastoiditis - mastoiditis with perforation medially into the digastric groove, forming a deep neck abscess.
Bezold sign - inflammatory edema at the tip of the mastoid process in mastoiditis. Synonym(s): Bezold symptom
Bezold symptom - Synonym(s): Bezold sign
Bezold triad - diminished perception of the deeper tones, retarded bone conduction, and negative Rinne test, pointing, in the absence of objective signs, to otosclerosis.
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Simultaneous coexistence of complications of COM in the same case is a rare situation, and the present report describes a case with mastoiditis, Bezold abscess, lateral sinus thrombophlebitis, meningitis, and paraspinal abscess.
After consultation to our clinic, the patient was hospitalized with the diagnosis of left COM, mastoiditis, and Bezold abscess and treated ambulatorily with broad-spectrum intravenous antibiotics (tazobactam-piperacillin, teicoplanin, and clindamycin).
In summary, this paper presents an extremely rare case of a patient with complicated COM who developed mastoiditis, Bezold abscess, lateral sinus thrombophlebitis, meningitis, and paraspinal abscess at the same time.
Necrosis of the mastoid process that extends to the digastric groove may result from inflammation and infection due to otitis media, leading to various abscesses like Bezold abscess [7].
Mastoiditis, Bezold abscess, lateral sinus thrombophlebitis, and meningitis are all classic complications of otitis media, but this is the first paper in which these complications are reported to occur concomitantly.