Potts puffy tumour occurs as complication

Potts puffy tumor is a rare but serious complication of frontal sinusitis. It occurs when there is a spread of infection from the frontal sinus to the overlying frontal bone, resulting in a localized inflammatory response and swelling. The name “Potts puffy tumor” is derived from Sir Percivall Pott, an English surgeon who first described this condition in the 18th century.

Frontal sinusitis is a type of sinusitis that specifically affects the frontal sinuses, which are located in the forehead above the eyes. It typically arises from a bacterial infection, often secondary to an upper respiratory tract infection or allergies. When the infection in the frontal sinus is not adequately treated, it can progress and cause inflammation and abscess formation in the surrounding bone, leading to the development of Potts puffy tumor.

The clinical presentation of Potts puffy tumor includes a fluctuant swelling or a tender mass on the forehead, along with symptoms of sinusitis such as headache, nasal congestion, and facial pain. In severe cases, it may be accompanied by systemic signs of infection like fever and malaise.

Potts puffy tumor requires prompt medical attention and usually requires a combination of surgical drainage and antibiotic therapy to treat the underlying infection and prevent complications such as the spread of infection to the brain or other adjacent structures.

It’s important to note that Potts puffy tumor is a rare complication of frontal sinusitis, and most cases of frontal sinusitis do not progress to this extent. However, it serves as a reminder of the potential complications that can arise from untreated or inadequately managed sinus infections. If you suspect you have sinusitis or are experiencing concerning symptoms, it’s essential to seek medical evaluation and appropriate treatment.