Gradenigo's syndrome - Surgical management in a child

Hassan Nabeel Humayun, Shabbir Akhtar, Shakeel Ahmed

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Otits media is a common problem. Some of its complications that were seen frequently in the preantibiotic era are rare today. We report a case of an 8 year boy who presented with earache, retro-orbital pain and diplopia secondary to a sixth nerve palsy - Gradenigo's syndrome. In this syndrome infection from the middle ear spreads medially to the petrous apex of the temporal bone. Work-up includes CT scan of the temporal bones. Timely management with intravenous antibiotics (± surgery) is needed to prevent intra-cranial complications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-394
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011


  • Earache
  • Gradenigo's syndrome
  • Retro-orbital pain


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