Spontaneous cranial osteomyelitis in an otherwise healthy ten-year-old male

Paul M. Arnold, Sushant Govindan, Karen K. Anderson

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Frontal bone osteomyelitis is a relatively rare entity, particularly in the otherwise healthy pediatric population. Most cases trace their origins to either previous frontal sinusitis or trauma. In children, three origins for cranial osteomyelitis appear to dominate: Pott's puffy tumor, skull base osteomyelitis secondary to ear infection, or post-surgical complications. However, on extremely rare occasions, risk factors or etiology may not be ascertained. We present a case of spontaneous frontal bone osteomyelitis in a ten-year-old African-American male with no previous history of cranial surgeries, frontal sinusitis, or major trauma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)407-409
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric Neurosurgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Cranial
  • Craniectomy
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Pediatric
  • Spontaneous
  • Streptococcus intermedius

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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