Two 2-year-old males presented post-operatively following adenoidectomy with persistent fever and neck stiffness. After multiple office visits, both patients were admitted and found to have a widened spheno-occipital synchondrosis and other imaging findings indicative of skull base osteomyelitis. Treatment with antibiotics allowed for recovery with good long-term outcomes. Infection involving the spheno-occiptal synchondrosis is rare and its circuitous presentation of these two children no doubt led to delayed diagnosis.
Keywords: Adenoidectomy; Complication; Osteomyelitis; Pediatric otolaryngology; Skull base infection; Spheno-occipital synchondrosis.
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