Thirteen-month-old boy with malignant lymphoma having symptoms mimicking acute otitis media and mastoiditis with facial palsy

Sho Kanzaki, Hideyuki Saito, Tetsuya Mori, Noriko Shimasaki, Makio Mukai, Kaoru Ogawa

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Non-Hodgkin diffuse large B-cell lymphomas of the mastoid that extend from the nasopharynx are extremely rare in children. Moreover, in lymphoproliferative diseases, the presence of otoneurological signs prior to systemic disease involvement is rare. Here, we present a rare case of non-Hodgkin B-cell lymphoma invading the middle ear and mastoid in a 1-year-old boy that mimicked acute mastoiditis with complete facial nerve palsy. As this case illustrates, physicians should consider a diagnosis of malignant lymphoma if a patient presents with otitis media and mastoiditis accompanied by facial palsy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)266-270
Number of pages5
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Sep 1



  • Facial palsy
  • Malignant lymphoma
  • Mastoiditis
  • Pediatrics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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