BMJ Case Reports 2011; doi:10.1136/bcr.12.2010.3649
  • Rare disease

Recurrent Pott’s puffy tumour

  1. Henry Sharp2
  1. 1Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley, West Midlands, UK
  2. 2Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, William Harvey Hospital, Willesborough, Ashford, Kent, UK
  1. Correspondence to Oladejo Olaleye, dejolaleye{at}


Pott’s puffy tumour is a rare complication of frontal sinusitis or trauma, named after Sir Percival Pott, an English surgeon who described it in 1760.

Presentation is often with a tender and fluctuant soft-tissue swelling over the frontal bone. Radiologically, it is characterised by a subperiosteal abscess associated with frontal bone osteomyelitis and frontal sinus opacity.1 It can …

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