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Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
Volume 2011, Article ID 932608, 3 pages
Case Report

Tuberculous Otitis Media with Facial Paralysis: A Clinical and Microbiological Diagnosis—A Case Report

1Otorhinolaryngology clinic “G. Lugli”, Otologic and Neurotologic Surgery, University of Bari, 70124 Bari, Italy
2Section of Microbiology, Department MIDIM, University of Bari, Policlinico, Piazza Giulio Cesare, 70124 Bari, Italy

Received 28 April 2011; Accepted 26 May 2011

Academic Editors: R. Colodner, M. de Gorgolas, and S. Dogra

Copyright © 2011 Quaranta Nicola et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The tuberculosis of the ear is rare, and in most cases the clinical picture resembles that of a chronic otitis media. The diagnosis is often delayed, and this can lead to irreversible complications such as hearing loss and/or facial paralysis. In view of its rare occurrence, we report a case of primary tuberculous otitis media in a 87-year-old female patient. The diagnosis was made on the basis of both histological and microbiological findings. In particular, gene amplification techniques such as real-time polymerase chain reaction are useful method for rapid diagnosis and detecting tuberculous bacilli usually present at very low number. Early diagnosis is essential for the prompt institution of antituberculous therapy.