American Journal of Emergency Medicine 34 (2016) 117.e1–117.e3
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Luc abscess: an extraordinary complication of acute otitis media Abstract Luc abscess is an uncommon suppurative complication of otitis media. Unfamiliarity of this complication leads to delayed diagnosis and treatment. This abscess is usually benign. Infection in the middle ear spreads via anatomic preexisting pathways, and this process results with subperiosteal pus collection. Conservative treatment with drainage under empirical wide spectrum antibiotic is efﬁcient. Here, we present a 9-year-old boy who had left facial swelling after a period of otalgia, diagnosed as Luc abscess without mastoiditis. Acute otitis media (AOM) is one of the most common infectious diseases in childhood. Despite morbidity and mortality have shown decrease by the utilization of antibiotics and vaccines, its suppurative complications are still reported [1-6]. Subperiosteal abscess is an extracranial extratemporal complication, which is termed according to location: Bezold abscess, zygomatic abscess, or Luc abscess [5-7]. Luc abscess is a scarce one of subperiosteal abscess that cannot be seen once or twice in the career of emergency physician or otolaryngologist. Thus, we present a case of Luc abscess and aim to mention pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management. A 9-year-old boy admitted to pediatric emergency department with left facial swelling, which increased in the last 4 days. He had otalgia on the same side for 1 week but did not take any medications. He had no fever and no history of trauma. Examination revealed a diffuse soft preauricular mildly tender swelling extending to the temporal region, left cheek, and inferior palpebra (Fig. 1). Left tympanic membrane was hyperemic on otoscopy. Laboratory tests revealed mildly elevated white blood cell count (10.800/μL) with neutrophilia (64%). C-reactive protein was elevated at 33 mg/L (reference range, 0.2-5 mg/L). Computed tomography (CT) of the temporal bone showed a temporal subperiosteal abscess and the diffuse inﬂammation in the left zygomaticotemporal region without bone erosion (Figs. 2-4). He was hospitalized with the diagnosis of Luc abscess. The day after intravenous administration of cefuroxime and clindamycin, a grommet was inserted into the left ear with needle aspiration of the zygomaticotemporal region under general anesthesia. A small amount of serous effusion was aspirated after myringotomy. But enough material for microbiologic evaluation could not obtain during needle aspiration. After 10 days of antibiotic therapy, the patient was discharged with an uneventful improvement (Fig. 5). Acute facial swelling in childhood is commonly based on inﬂammatory process such as lymphadenitis and periorbital cellulitis secondary to acute sinusitis . Location of swelling and concomitant symptoms are important for the accurate diagnosis and management. One of the unusual diagnoses for facial swelling is Luc abscess related to AOM. Recent studies suggested that complications of AOM in childhood 0735-6757/© 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
have remarkably increased [5,6]. However, Luc abscess is still rare. Thus, it is an unfamiliar entity for emergency medicine providers [9-12]. In 1913, Henri Luc reported his experience about cases of subperiosteal temporal abscess. He performed antrostomy for diagnostic purpose but failed to ﬁnd mastoiditis. As a result of this experience, he suggested that infection in middle ear permeates into submucous area, then spread via incisura of Rivinus and branches of deep auricular artery. This leads to subperiosteal pus collection in temporal bone. Therefore, it was deﬁned as a benign complication of otitis media [9,12]. In 1997, Knappe and Gregor  conﬁrmed pathogenesis deﬁned by Luc. He reported a 15-year-old girl with temporal abscess treated by mastoidectomy, but biopsy revealed no osteitis. After that, Weiss et al  reported 2 children with Luc abscess. In the ﬁrst patient, they did not perform mastoidectomy due to lack of mastoiditis on CT, and drainage was performed under antibiotic therapy. But the second patient had no response at the third day of cefuroxime treatment. They performed mastoidectomy and abscess drainage regardless of temporal CT. Osteitis or bone erosion could not be detected on pathologic assessment . As distinct from previous cases, Asha’ari et al  presented Luc abscess with mastoiditis in a 73-year-old man that can be attributable to history of diabetes mellitus and recurrent otitis. Because of the lack of imaging techniques at that time, Luc considered the signs of mastoiditis such as fever, persistent and abundant otorrhea, retroauricular swelling, and otalgia. He suggested mastoidectomy in the presence of these signs [9,10]. However, cases of temporal abscess without mastoiditis could have one or more of these signs, and recently published cases have underlined importance of temporal CT for proper management [9-12]. Furthermore, we conﬁrmed absence of mastoiditis with temporal CT before planning the treatment. From the microbiological aspect, culture from abscess can be positive for anaerobic bacteria such as Fusobacterium necrophorum also for aerobic bacteria such as Streptococcus pyogenes [9-12]. Regardless of undetermined microorganism, we obtained recovery with 10 days of cefuroxime and clindamycin treatment and abscess drainage with grommet insertion. In conclusion, Luc abscess is a rare and benign complication of AOM. However, inexperience of emergency physicians can result with delayed diagnosis and treatment. Temporal CT can be useful for determining the location of lesion and reveal concomitant complications. Empirical wide spectrum antibiotic therapy and early drainage are proper treatment. Anıl Er, MD1 Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine Dokuz Eylul University School of Medicine, Balçova 35340, İzmir, Turkey E-mail address: [email protected]
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Fig. 4. Computed tomography scan of temporal bone in axial section indicates inﬂammatory inﬁltration of the temporal region and small subperiosteal temporal abscess formation (white arrow) with normally pneumatized mastoid cells.
Fig. 1. Inﬂammatory inﬁltration of the left zygomatic region with palpebral edema.
Taner Kemal Erdağ, MD2 Department of Otorhinolaryngology Dokuz Eylul University School of Medicine, Balçova 35340, İzmir, Turkey E-mail address: [email protected]
Aykut Çağlar, MD1 Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine Dokuz Eylul University School of Medicine, Balçova 35340, İzmir, Turkey E-mail address: [email protected]
Özgür Kümüş, MD3 Department of Otorhinolaryngology Dokuz Eylul University School of Medicine, Balçova 35340, İzmir, Turkey E-mail address: [email protected]
Fig. 2. Computed tomography scan of temporal bone in axial section indicates inﬂammatory inﬁltration of the temporal region and small subperiosteal temporal abscess formation (white arrow).
Fig. 3. Computed tomography scan of temporal bone in coronal section indicates inﬂammatory inﬁltration of the temporal region and small subperiosteal temporal abscess formation (white arrow).
Fig. 5. View of patient after treatment.
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Murat Duman, MD Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine Dokuz Eylul University School of Medicine, Balçova 35340, İzmir, Turkey Corresponding author. Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine Dokuz Eylul University School of Medicine Balçova, 35340, İzmir, Turkey Tel.: +90 232 412 60 15; fax: +90 232 412 60 05 E-mail address: [email protected]
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