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Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

Mastoid air cell disease

08/21/2006

Question:

I had an MRI recently because I have been having some symptoms similar to those of MS. One of the problems is dizziness. On the MRI, it did show I have mild mastoid air cell disease. Would this cause dizziness? It seems to be better now, as it comes and goes. What symptoms would it cause? How do I need to get it treated? Thanks for any help.

Answer:

MRI's tend to overcall mastoid disease.  CT scans are better for mastoid disease.  To better assess your causes of dizziness, you would need to see an ear specialist (otologist) and get a hearing test, ENG, and detailed clinical exam.

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Response by:

Ravi N Samy, MD, FACS Ravi N Samy, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, Director of Skull Base Surgery Fellowship, Director of Adults Cochlear Implantation Program
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati