Otitis media either acute or chronic, is not uncommon in childhood. Multiple cranial nerve palsies occuring as a complication of either form of otitis media is unusual. A case of a nine year old boy with chronic suppurative otitis media with associated mastoiditis complicated with ipsilateral multiple cranial nerve palsies is presented. A skull X-ray and MRI scan showed sclerotic mastoids. The outcome on antibiotic treatment was good.
(East African Medical Journal: 2002 79(12): 665-666)