J Rhinol.  2012 Nov;19(2):138-140.

Rare complication of acute maxillary sinusitis: Abscess of inferior turbinate and nasal Dorsum

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  • 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Inha University College of Medicine, Incheon, Republic of Korea. jangty@inha.ac.kr

Abstract

An 8-year-old boy visited our clinic suffering from painful swelling of the left cheek and eye pain. His left nasal dorsum and left cheek were severely swollen with reddish discoloration and tenderness by light touch. A CT scan revealed left maxillary sinusitis and abscess extending to the left inferior turbinate and subcutaneous soft tissue beneath the skin covering the left maxillary sinus. Because of unsuccessful 3 days of medical treatment, surgical drainage of the abscess of the turbinate, nasal dorsum, and eradication of inflammation in the maxillary sinus was performed. Clinical suspicion and prompt imaging workup could hasten the definite diagnosis and appropriate surgical management, as in our case.

Keyword

Turbinates; Maxillary sinusitis; Abscess
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