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Title: Acute abducens nerve palsy and weight loss due to skull base osteomyelitis
Authors: Mak, Jenson C ;Kim, L.H.;Ong, L.T.;Bui, T.M.
Issue Date: Jun-2010
Source: Volume 192, Issue 12, pp. 719 - 720
Journal title: Medical Journal of Australia
Abstract: A 90-year-old man presented to the emergency department with multiple symptoms including double vision, reduced mobility, dysphagia, recent rapid weight loss, ear discharge and deafness. He had diabetes and other chronic medical problems, including otitis media with mastoiditis. This case highlights the difficulty of investigating weight loss in older people, who may not show the usual clinical features of infection, and of distinguishing between infection and malignancy when radiological findings are inconclusive. His eventual diagnosis was osteomyelitis of the skull base with cranial nerve involvement.
ISSN: 0025-729X
Publicaton type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Health Service Research

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