Pott Puffy tumor caused by dental infection: A case report and literature review

Hui Joon Yang, Seung Won Paik, Dong Joon Park, Eun Jung Lee

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Pott puffy tumor (PPT), first described by Sir Percivall Pott in 1760, is a rare clinical entity characterized by a subperiosteal abscess associated with osteomyelitis of the frontal bone caused by direct or hematogenous spread. Although rare in this modern age of antibiotics, this tumor usually occurs as a complication of sinusitis. Moreover, intracranial complications such as subdural abscess, meningitis, sinus thrombosis, or brain abscess can occur concomitantly with the underlying sinusitis, despite the administration of antibiotics. Herein, we present the case of a 48-year-old man who was diagnosed with PPT using computed tomography and treated medically and surgically. The infection remained uncontrollable after surgery and drain removal, owing to the persistence of the original dental focus of the infection. This case highlights the importance of treating the source of the infection in addition to the local area of inflammation, to facilitate complete infection control in PPT.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E127-E130
JournalJournal of Craniofacial Surgery
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Mar 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by a grant from the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) of the government of Korea (#2021R1A2C101008211 to E.J.L.). The funding organization had no role in the study design, data collection or analysis, manuscript preparation, or decision to publish this study.

Publisher Copyright:
Copyright © 2021 by Mutaz B. Habal, MD.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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