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Case Reports in Pediatrics
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 386104, 4 pages
Case Report

Pott’s Puffy Tumor: An Uncommon Clinical Entity

1Department of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, P.O. Box 19638, Springfield, IL 62794-9638, USA
2Department of Pediatrics, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL 62794-9638, USA

Received 10 July 2012; Accepted 17 September 2012

Academic Editors: B. Dündar, D. Fischer, and P. Papoff

Copyright © 2012 Phillip T. Suwan 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.


Although first described in 1760, Pott’s puffy tumor is a lesser known clinical entity. Often seen as a complication of frontal sinusitis, Pott’s is a frontal bone osteomyelitis with an associated subperiosteal abscess. Patients present with a fluctuant swelling of the scalp. The diagnosis is often confirmed with computed tomography (CT). Prompt surgical and medical treatments are the rule as there is the potential for significant morbidity if not quickly diagnosed and treated. Herein, we describe the presentation, diagnosis, and treatment of an 8-year-old female presenting with Pott’s puffy tumor.