brain abscess
endoscopic sinus surgery
infectious disease
orbital abscess
Streptococcus intermedius

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Nae , A., Farrell , S., Sweeney , K., Hoare , S., & Colreavy , M. (2020). Concomitant orbital and intracranial abscess: A rare complication of sinusitis. Romanian Neurosurgery, 34(2), 189–194. https://doi.org/10.33962/roneuro-2020-030


Background:  Intracranial and orbital abscesses in combination together are rare complications of sinusitis. They can be life-threatening and can result in multiple sequelae.

Case presentation: A 9-year-old female presented with left periorbital swelling, gaze restriction and headache. Following scans, she underwent emergency endoscopic sinus surgery, evacuation of the intraorbital empyema and stereotactic mini-craniectomy with the evacuation of the extradural empyema as a joint case. The patient recovered well and was discharged to complete intravenous antibiotics for 6 weeks.

Conclusion: In the pediatric population intracranial complications of acute sinusitis can have more devastating consequences. Therefore prompt recognition and management are essential within a multidisciplinary team setting.

We also highlight the rarity of concomitant multi-site abscess formation and the need to be vigilant for same.



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