Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma: an unusual cause of severe otalgia and facial palsy
- 1Department of Otolaryngology, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals, Brighton, UK
- 2Department of Neuroradiology, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals, Haywards Heath UK
- 3Department of Haematology, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals, Brighton, UK
- 4Brighton and Sussex Medical School, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, UK
- Correspondence to Mr Prodip K Das-Purkayastha,
An elderly woman, two months after chemotherapy for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, presented with left-sided otalgia, discharge and facial nerve palsy. MRI showed an active left mastoid infection with an ear canal lesion, likely to be a cholesteatoma. However, a biopsy of the mass showed recurrent high-grade lymphoma. Following diagnosis, the patient opted for palliative care within the community and consequently passed away a few weeks later.
Competing interests None.
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