Luc's abscess: The return of an old fellow

Inbal Weiss, Tal Marom*, Abraham Goldfarb, Yehudah Roth

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OBJECTIVE:: Mastoiditis, subperiosteal abscess and sigmoid vein thrombosis are the most common suppurative complications of acute otitis media (AOM). Luc's abscess, a subperiosteal temporal collection, is an infrequent complication with a particularly benign course. PATIENTS:: Two children, aged 5 years, presented with AOM complicated by an atypical abscess deep to the temporalis muscle, with no evidence for mastoid or zygomatic arch involvement. INTERVENTION(S):: Computed tomographic scan was performed in only 1 child. In both children, treatment included antibiotic therapy, grommet insertion, and local surgical drainage of the temporalis abscess. In addition, a cortical mastoidectomy was performed in the patient who did not undergo computed tomography, based on clinical assessment. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S):: Clinical improvement, resolution of symptoms. RESULTS:: Both patients recovered shortly following the surgical drainage. Mastoidectomy was poor in findings and was concluded as redundant. CONCLUSION:: Luc's abscess is associated with relatively little morbidity and requires a more limited surgical intervention. Computed tomographic scan is of great value to evaluate the extent of the disease and prevent needless mastoidectomy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)776-779
Number of pages4
JournalOtology and Neurotology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Acute otitis media
  • Complication
  • Computed tomographic scan
  • Temporalis muscle
  • Zygomatic arch


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