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Fatal Paranasal Sinusitis Presenting as Trigeminal Neuralgia

Authors

  • Yen-Wen Lin MD,

  • Shinn-Kuang Lin MD,

  • I-Hsin Weng MD


  • From the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Neurology, Taipei, Taiwan (Drs. Y-W. Lin and Weng); and Buddhist Xindian Tzu Chi General Hospital, Neurology, Xindian City, Taipei, Taiwan (Dr. S-K. Lin).

Address all correspondence to Shinn-Kuang Lin, MD, Buddhist Xindian Tzu Chi General Hospital, Neurology, Xindian City, Taipei, Taiwan.

Abstract

Trigeminal neuralgia is rare in patients with paranasal sinusitis. The authors describe a case of paranasal sinusitis that appeared as an insidious onset of trigeminal neuralgia along the distribution of ophthalmic and maxillary branches, followed by rapid intracranial invasion with temporal meningoencephalitis and subdural empyema, and finally a fatal outcome.

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