Which erythrocyte sedimentation rates are characteristic of malignant otitis externa (MEO)?

Updated: Apr 13, 2020
  • Author: Brian Nussenbaum, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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The erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) is invariably elevated, with an average of 87 mm/h. It begins to decrease within 2 weeks of initiating therapy but takes many months to return to normal. ESR can be used to support the clinical diagnosis since acute external otitis or ear canal malignancy usually does not cause a rate elevation in this lab test.

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