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Sphenoid mucocoele – an unusual cause for headaches in a teenage boy

S E Adam, M Merven

Abstract


Isolated sphenoid sinus disease in childhood is uncommon and sphenoid mucocoeles (histologically benign, epithelium-lined, mucus-containing sacs) are rare. They are thought to arise as a result of obstruction of the sinus ostium due to previous surgery, inflammation, trauma or irradiation, but may be idiopathic. We present a case of a sphenoid sinus mucocoele in a young boy and highlight the fact that headache may be the only symptom, therefore diagnosis may require a combination of imaging and exploratory surgery.


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S E Adam, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa

M Merven, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa

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South African Journal of Child Health 2018;12(2):76-78. DOI:10.7196/SAJCH.2018.v12i2.1450

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Date submitted: 2018-06-26
Date published: 2018-06-26

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