Pott’s puffy tumor


A are clinical process characterized by subperiosteal abscess associated with osteomyelitis.

It is characterized by an osteomyelitis of the frontal bone, either direct or through hematogenic spread, resulting in a swelling on the forehead.

The infection can also spread inwards, causing an intracranial abscess.

Pott’s puffy tumor can be associated with cortical vein thrombosis, epidural abscess, subdural empyema, and brain abscess.

Presents is a localized forehead swelling, headache, rhinorrhea, and fever.

Frequently associated with a history of trauma, recurrent or untreated sinusitis or dental infection.

Vein thrombosis occurs as a result of venous drainage of the frontal sinus through diploic veins, which communicate with the dural venous plexus.

Septic thrombi can potentially evolve from the frontal sinus and propagate through this venous system.

Mostly found among teenagers and adolescents.

It is usually seen as a complication of acute or chronic frontal sinusitis or trauma.

Some cases have occurred seen from intranasal substance abuse, or after frontal sinus reconstruction.

Considered the surgical emergency.

Involvement can extend into the orbital globe or brain.

CT scan of the head and paranasal sinus is the diagnostic study of choice.

Treatment consists of surgical drainage, and 6 to 8 weeks of antibiotics.

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