Why ear discharge can indicate a more serious condition and should never be ignored

Ear Discharge can indicate something serious as in the case of Mr Loganathan from Tamil Nadu who has been suffering from severe ear discharge coupled with intense headaches and sharp pain in the right ear! On medical investigation, it was found that the discharge was caused due to Cerebrospinal Fluid(fluid surrounding the brain) leaking through his ear. Mr Loganathan was saved by timely medical intervention and surgery.

Our expert take, “Ear discharge can often be due to ear wax but can also indicate something more serious such as ear infection, ruptured ear drum, mastoiditis, head injury, etc. Ear discharge is just a symptom which can have a serious underlying cause. If you notice ear discharge in your family member, rush to your nearest ENT specialist like Dr Rao’s ENT to get a thorough diagnosis as any delay can prove fatal depending on the cause.”

The problem –

Mr Loganathan met with a road accident in 2010 where he escaped a head injury, following which he underwent tympanomastoidectomy (surgery to treat infections) in his right ear. In 2012, Mr Loganathan was given ear drops to dissolve the ear mass in his external ear.

Know more here – http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/2018/dec/18/namakkal-native-suffers-brain-palpitation-apollo-docs-save-life-1913304.html

Symptoms –

  • Mass in his external ear
  • Severe ear discharge
  • Pulsating sound in his right ear
  • Pink, insensitive mass filling his external auditory canal

Treatment –

About the author

Dr. Chaitanya Rao, Managing director at Dr. Rao’s ENT group of hospitals has 10 years experience in the field of ENT.

His special areas of interest include Nose & sinus surgeries, Otology, Snoring and sleep apnea surgeries. During his Post-graduation itself he was invited as a visiting physician to House Institute of Medical sciences, Los Angeles; Rhinology and Anterior skull base unit, Ohio State University Medical Centre, Columbus, Ohio and University of Michigan from where he picked up his skills.

He plays a key role (Course Director & co-ordinator) in giving hands on training to around 150 ENT surgeons every year from all around the world for initiating and improving their ENT surgical skills as a part of Hyderabad ENT Research Foundation initiatives.

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