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Am J Case Rep. 2012;13:133-6. doi: 10.12659/AJCR.883236. Epub 2012 Jul 2.

A tumor that is not a tumor but it sure can kill!

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Internal Medicine, Metrohealth Campus of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, U.S.A.



Pott's puffy tumor is a life threatening complication of infectious sinusitis which is the osteomyelitis of the frontal bone with associated subperiosteal abscess causing swelling and edema over the forehead and scalp.


Here we present a case a 38 year old male with a rare infectious complication of untreated or inadequately treated sinusitis called Pott's puffy tumor which was diagnosed due to high clinical suspicion and confirmed with CT imaging and biopsy.


This case highlights the need to recognize and easily prevent this fatal complication of a seemingly benign infection like bacterial sinusitis. Unfortunately, if it does occur, clinicians can avoid missing the diagnosis by upholding a high clinical suspicion in the setting of known risk factors and must look for underlying causes both medical and psychosocial.


Pott’s puffy tumor; bacterial sinusitis; complications of bacterial sinusitis

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