Infection of the spheno-occipital synchondrosis: A morbid complication following adenoidectomy

Amy E. Wagenaar, David M. Mirsky, Nicholas V. Stence, Todd M. Wine, Kenny H. Chan*

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Two 2-year-old males presented post-operatively following adenoidectomy with persistent fever and neck stiffness. After multiple office visits, both patients were admitted and found to have a widened spheno-occipital synchondrosis and other imaging findings indicative of skull base osteomyelitis. Treatment with antibiotics allowed for recovery with good long-term outcomes. Infection involving the spheno-occiptal synchondrosis is rare and its circuitous presentation of these two children no doubt led to delayed diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-62
Number of pages4
JournalInternational journal of pediatric otorhinolaryngology
StatePublished - Aug 2018


  • Adenoidectomy
  • Complication
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Pediatric otolaryngology
  • Skull base infection
  • Spheno-occipital synchondrosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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