Sinusitis complicated by frontal bone osteomyelitis in a young patient

Roza Nastovska and Lyn-Li Lim
Med J Aust 2017; 207 (9): . || doi: 10.5694/mja16.01434
Published online: 6 November 2017

A 15-year-old male presented with acute left forehead swelling (Figure, A, arrow) and tenderness following a one-month history of worsening headache secondary to extensive frontal sinusitis. Imaging showed a scalp abscess, frontal bone osteomyelitis and underlying resolving sinusitis (Figure, B, arrow). Management included abscess drainage and bilateral endoscopic sinus surgery. Streptococcus anginosus was isolated and he completed a 6-week course of intravenous benzylpenicillin.

  • Eastern Health, Melbourne, VIC



We thank Jillian Lau for her contribution to the clinical case, editing of early drafts and contribution of clinical photography.

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