Friday, March 30, 2012

Q: 32 year old otherwise healthy male with 2 weeks history of sinusitis presented with siezure. ER physician called you while he sent patient to CT scan. What would be your primary concern and line of action? 

Answer: Neurological symptoms after prolong bout of sinusitis is highly suggestive of Subdural empyema.

Subdural empyema is a neurosurgical emergency and beside instituting antibiotics and anti-seizure meds, it would be appropriate to ask neurosurgical service to review CT scan while patient is in neuroradiology department. It has a tendency to spread rapidly through the subdural space.

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