Pott puffy tumor in a 5-year-old girl with frontal sinusitis

February 25, 2013
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We describe the case of a 5-year-old girl with a Pott puffy tumor on her forehead. Computed tomography confirmed frontal sinusitis and an epidural abscess. This case is unusual in that the patient's age at presentation was younger than the age when the frontal sinuses are believed to develop.


Pott puffy tumor is a frontal bone osteomyelitis that develops secondary to sinusitis, usually frontal sinusitis. It presents as a puffy forehead swelling. This tumor was first described in the 18th century by Sir Percival Pott.1

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