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Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Volume 2016, Article ID 4349538, 4 pages
Case Report

Septic Lateral Sinus Thrombosis: Sinus Exploration Is Unnecessary

1Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, Lady Hardinge Medical College & Associated Hospitals, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Marg, New Delhi 110001, India
2Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar Medical College & Hospital, Rohini, New Delhi 110085, India
3Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, ESI Hospital, Rohini, New Delhi 110085, India

Received 24 October 2015; Revised 8 December 2015; Accepted 21 December 2015

Academic Editor: Emilio Mevio

Copyright © 2016 Gautam Bir Singh et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The algorithm of treatment of septic lateral sinus thrombosis (SLST) has undergone a paradigm shift with the understanding of the natural history of sigmoid sinus thrombosis. Thus, the recent medical literature promulgates the management of these cases with no sinus exploration. However, in view of marked paucity of literature on the cited subject, not much is known about this form of treatment. We present our experience of treating two paediatric cases of SLST with mastoid surgery and no sinus exploration: both cases had excellent recovery. Finally, conclusions are drawn in light of contemporary literature on this subject.