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Spontaneous pneumocephalus associated with pneumocele of the frontal sinus.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20663855     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
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BACKGROUND: Pneumoceles of the paranasal sinuses are a very rare condition; characterized by a distended air-filled paranasal sinus extending beyond the margins of the paranasal bone, with bony defects and extension of air into the surrounding soft tissues. Also, spontaneous pneumo-cephalus is a rare condition which represented only 0.6% in the largest reported series of pneumocephalus. Although pneumocephalus caused by sinogenic origins, such as osteoma, has been reported, spontaneous pneumocephalus has not been reported as a complication associated with pneumocele of the frontal sinus.
METHODS: We report a case of spontaneous pneumocephalus associated with a pneumocele involving the frontal sinus which presented as acute severe headache.
RESULTS: To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case report in literature reporting spontaneous pneumocephalus in association with pneumocele of the frontal sinus.
CONCLUSIONS: Although pneumocele of the frontal sinus is a very rare condition, it can develop into spontaneous pneumocephalus, and thus it needs to be included in the differential diagnosis of acute severe headache.
Authors:
Chong Yoon Park; Kyung Soo Kim
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-07-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cephalalgia : an international journal of headache     Volume:  30     ISSN:  1468-2982     ISO Abbreviation:  Cephalalgia     Publication Date:  2010 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-10-20     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8200710     Medline TA:  Cephalalgia     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1400-2     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Chung-Ang University College of Medicine, Korea.
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