Late-onset posttraumatic septal hematoma and abscess formation in a six-year-old Tamil girl--case report and literature review

Dubach, Patrick; Aebi, Christoph; Caversaccio, Marco (2008). Late-onset posttraumatic septal hematoma and abscess formation in a six-year-old Tamil girl--case report and literature review. Rhinology, 46(4), pp. 342-4. Leiden, NL: International Rhinologic Society

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Nasal septal hematoma with abscess (NSHA) is an uncommon complication of trauma and studies on children are especially rare. We discuss the case of a 6-year-old girl, who was initially evaluated independently by three doctors for minor nasal trauma but had to be re-hospitalized 6 days later with NSHA. Although septal hematoma had initially been excluded (5, 7 and 24 hours after trauma), a secondary accumulation of blood seems to have occured. Delayed hematoma formation has been described in the orbit as a result of possible venous injuries after endoscopic sinus surgery. However, such an observation is new for septal hematoma in children. Thus, we recommend re-evaluation for septal hematoma 48h to 72h after paediatric nasal trauma. Such a scheduled re-examination offers a chance to treat delayed subperichondral hematoma on time before almost inevitable superinfection leads to abscess formation and destruction of the nasal infrastructure. We suggest that parents should be vigilant for delayed nasal obstruction as possible herald of hematoma accumulation within the first week.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Further Contribution)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Head Organs and Neurology (DKNS) > Clinic of Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders (ENT)
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Endocrinology (DFKE) > Clinic of Paediatric Medicine

UniBE Contributor:

Dubach, Patrick; Aebi, Christoph and Caversaccio, Marco

ISSN:

0300-0729

ISBN:

19146008

Publisher:

International Rhinologic Society

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 15:02

Last Modified:

04 May 2014 23:19

PubMed ID:

19146008

Web of Science ID:

000261701500018

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/27150 (FactScience: 104784)

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