Bezold's abscess

Bezold's abscess

Bezold's Abscess is an abscess in the sternocleidomastoid muscle where pus from a mastoiditis escapes into the sternocleidomastoid. It is a rare complication of acute otitis media.


It is named after Friedrich Bezold (German otologist, 1842-1908).


Severe pain in perimastoid region, difficulty of swallowing, sore throat, difficulty in breathing, nuchal rigidity, and fever.


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