Wegener granulomatosis invading the cavernous sinus: a CT demonstration

J Comput Assist Tomogr. 1983 Aug;7(4):701-3. doi: 10.1097/00004728-198308000-00022.


A case of localized cranial Wegener granulomatosis was imaged with high resolution computed tomography. The mass extended from the infratemporal fossa, through the basal foramina, and into the cavernous sinus, causing complete occlusion of the internal carotid artery. Computed tomography demonstrated absence of bone destruction and a normal parotid gland and nasopharynx. Although uncommon, Wegener granulomatosis should be considered in the differential diagnosis of a parapharyngeal mass with intracranial extension.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Carotid Artery Diseases / etiology
  • Carotid Artery, Internal
  • Cavernous Sinus*
  • Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis / complications
  • Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*