Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Skull based osteomyelitis

Skull base osteomyelitis]; Benoudiba F, Toulgoat F, Sarrazin JL; Journal de Radiologie 92 (11), 987-94 (Nov 2011)

Skull base osteomyelitis is a rare but serious infection. It typically afflicts immunosuppressed patients and should be suspected in patients with persistent otitis complicated by cranial nerve palsy (VII, IX and XII). The most frequent germ is pseudomonas aeruginosa. Contiguous spread of infection occurs along neurovascular structures and weaker regions of the skull base, then into the soft tissue compartments of the face and nasopharynx. Diagnosis and treatment should be made early for this disease with poor prognosis and high mortality.


Blogger note:  Hopefully neurologists won't miss that there is something wrong when they examine this patient, but in case they forget, the germ to treat is pseudomonas.

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