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A Case of Atypical Skull Base Osteomyelitis with Septic Pulmonary Embolism

Authors
Journal
Journal of Korean Medical Science
1011-8934
Publisher
Korean Academy of Medical Sciences (KAMJE)
Publication Date
Volume
26
Issue
7
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3346/jkms.2011.26.7.962
Keywords
  • Case Report
  • Neuroscience
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Skull base osteomyelitis (SBO) is difficult to diagnose when a patient presents with multiple cranial nerve palsies but no obvious infectious focus. There is no report about SBO with septic pulmonary embolism. A 51-yr-old man presented to our hospital with headache, hoarseness, dysphagia, frequent choking, fever, cough, and sputum production. He was diagnosed of having masked mastoiditis complicated by SBO with multiple cranial nerve palsies, sigmoid sinus thrombosis, and septic pulmonary embolism. We successfully treated him with antibiotics and anticoagulants alone, with no surgical intervention. His neurologic deficits were completely recovered. Decrease of pulmonary nodules and thrombus in the sinus was evident on the follow-up imaging one month later. In selected cases of intracranial complications of SBO and septic pulmonary embolism, secondary to mastoiditis with early response to antibiotic therapy, conservative treatment may be considered and surgical intervention may be withheld.

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