Skull-base Osteomyelitis: a Dreaded Complication after Trivial Fall and Inadequate Management

Authors

1 Department of Pediatrics, Pt. B.D Sharma, PGIMS, Rohtak, Haryana, India.

2 Department of Anatomy, Pt BD Sharma, PGIMS, Rohtak, Haryana, India.

3 Department of Anatomy, University College of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India.

4 PGIMS Rohtak, India.

Abstract

Introduction: Skull-based osteomyelitis is bony infection which generally originates from inadequately treated chronic infection, adjoining tissue infection or after trauma.
Case: 11 month female child had a trivial fall while standing near a bucket. The child developed fracture of right clavicle and left orbital swelling which was inadequately treated. This resulted in in spread of infection to adjoining tissues, skull bones, sinuses and brain.
Conclusion: Cranial base osteomyelitis is rare but dreaded condition which requires early diagnosis and prompt treatment to avoid mortality and morbidity in form of neurological deficits and permanent disability

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