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Non-otogenic lateral sinus thrombosis: A complication of acute sphenoid sinusitis

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August 28, 2014
by Jessica M. Somerville, MD; Erik Lyman, MD; Jerome W. Thompson, MD, MBA; Rosemary Stocks, MD, PharmD

Abstract

The consequences of intracranial spread of sinus infection can be dismal. The subtle presentation of sphenoid sinusitis often leads to a delay in diagnosis. The disease may go unrecognized until complications are severe enough to cause more localizing symptoms. Often infections in the head and neck spread into the cranial cavity, leading to a localized effect. For example, otogenic infections can spread to the mastoid or lateral venous sinus. We report a case of sphenoid sinusitis complicated by lateral and sigmoid venous sinus thrombosis.

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