Skull base osteomyelitis imaging

Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2021 Oct 1;29(5):333-341. doi: 10.1097/MOO.0000000000000747.


Purpose of review: Skull base osteomyelitis (SBO) is a challenging entity to diagnose and treat. The goal of this review is to summarize the imaging findings of SBO and present these in the context of recent studies on imaging of SBO.

Recent findings: This review discusses the clinical presentation, pathophysiology and imaging appearances of SBO. The review further emphasizes the results of latest studies on imaging of SBO, and the role of different modalities in diagnosis and evaluation of disease course and treatment response. Brief discussion on differential diagnoses from an imaging standpoint is also included.

Summary: Various imaging modalities play different and complimentary roles in diagnosis and management of SBO, which are discussed in this review.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Humans
  • Osteomyelitis* / diagnostic imaging
  • Osteomyelitis* / therapy
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Skull Base / diagnostic imaging