An Eroded left condyle secondary to Necrotizing Otitis Externa


Eroded condyle
otitis media externa
temporomandibular joint

How to Cite

Raj S, V., & Hasbullah, N. (2019). An Eroded left condyle secondary to Necrotizing Otitis Externa. Malaysian Journal of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, 17(1), 35–37. Retrieved from


Necrotizing (malignant) external otitis is a relatively rare complication of external otitis. It occurs primarily in immunocompromised persons, especially older persons with uncontrolled diabetes mellitus. It is often initiated by self-inflicted or iatrogenic trauma to the external auditory canal. The necrosis may spread to base of skull and with time might descend to the temporomandibular joint area including the condyle. Treatment includes correction of immunosuppressive state, local treatment of the auditory canal, long-term systemic antibiotic therapy and, in selected patients, surgery. Here we report on a rare case of 71 year old Indian male patient with necrotizing external otitis complicated by condyle erosion.