Pott's Puffy Tumor and Intranasal Cocaine Abuse

Antonio Pansini, Chiara Copelli, Alfonso Manfuso, Aurelio d'Ecclesia, Luigi Califano, Roberto Cocchi

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Pott's puffy tumor (PPT) is a rare subperiosteal abscess of the frontal bone with osteomyelitis, which most commonly affects adolescents as a complication of frontal sinusitis or head trauma. The Authors describe a case of development of a PPT in a woman who abused of cocaine for at least five years and presented with a gradually enlarging mass of the forehead. The patient was treated surgically through combined endoscopic and open approach and medically with antibiotic therapy. The PPT, as rare complication of intranasal cocaine abuse, was described until now in four patients. Even rare it can be a fearsome complication, making of fundamental importance an early diagnosis and a correct management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e418-e420
JournalThe Journal of craniofacial surgery
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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