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CASE REPORT

Intracranial and Orbital Complications of Sinusitis: A Case Series and Review of Literature

Kishore Shetty, Vinay Vaidyanathan

Keywords : Intraorbital complication,Intracranial suppurative complication,Cavernous sinus thrombosis,Superior sagittal sinus thrombosis

Citation Information : Shetty K, Vaidyanathan V. Intracranial and Orbital Complications of Sinusitis: A Case Series and Review of Literature. Clin Rhinol An Int J 2011; 4 (2):87-92.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10013-1080

Published Online: 01-08-2011

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2011; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Complications of paranasal sinus infection most often involve the orbit and periorbita. Because of widespread use of antibiotics, intracranial extension of paranasal sinusitis is rarely seen today. Nevertheless, the clinician must be aware of the potential of these complications, as late recognition of this condition and delay in treatment can increase morbidity and mortality rates. An interesting case series of sinusitis with orbital and intracranial complication is presented, which was radiologically evaluated, and was managed by endoscopic sinus surgery with drainage of subdural empyema by appropriate neurosurgical technique. The radiological tools played a very important role in both assessment and timing of surgical intervention. Unparallel role of radiological investigations cannot be overemphasized. The key to successful treatment is aggressive management and the timing for surgical intervention should not be deferred. The patients made full recovery at the time of discharge.


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