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How will my doctor diagnose mastoiditis?
In addition to taking a complete medical history and physical examination, your child's physician will inspect the outer ear(s) and eardrum(s) using an otoscope. The otoscope is a lighted instrument that allows the physician to see inside of the ear. A pneumatic otoscope blows a puff of air into the ear to test eardrum movement.
Tympanometry, a test that can be performed in most physician offices to help determine how the middle ear is functioning. It does not tell if your child is hearing or not, but helps to detect any changes in pressure in the middle ear. This is a difficult test to perform in younger children because your child needs to sit very still and not be crying, talking, or moving.
Your child's physician may also order the following tests to help confirm the diagnosis:
If your child has symptoms of a brain abscess or other intracranial complication, your child's physician may order the following:
If your child has symptoms of meningitis, your child's physician may order:
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