Sphenoethmoidal sinusitis complicated by cavernous sinus thrombosis and pontocerebellar infarction

Can J Neurol Sci. 1988 Aug;15(3):310-3. doi: 10.1017/s0317167100027803.


An unusual case of sphenoethmoidal sinusitis complicated by cavernous sinus thrombosis, meningitis and pontine and cerebellar infarction is described. The patient presented with advanced intracranial complications which in retrospect caused delay in recognition and treatment of the underlying sphenoethmoidal sinusitis. Surgical drainage of the sinusitis was ultimately required. The pathogenesis of these complications is discussed, and the topic of sphenoid sinusitis reviewed in order to emphasize the numerous neurological manifestations of this disease.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Cavernous Sinus
  • Cerebellar Diseases / complications*
  • Cerebellar Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Cerebral Infarction / complications*
  • Cerebral Infarction / diagnostic imaging
  • Ethmoid Sinus
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pons / pathology*
  • Sinus Thrombosis, Intracranial / complications*
  • Sinus Thrombosis, Intracranial / diagnostic imaging
  • Sinusitis / complications*
  • Sphenoid Sinus
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed