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Mastoidectomy - series

Normal anatomy

Mastoid air cells are open, air-containing spaces in one of the skull bones.

Normal anatomy

Indications

An infection of the mastoid air cells that cannot be controlled with antibiotics may call for surgical treatment.

Indications

Procedure

A mastoidectomy is the surgical removal of these mastoid air cells; the surgery may extend into the middle ear.

Procedure