Petrous apicitis

Case contributed by Frank Gaillard

Presentation

Left-sided abducens palsy since last 1 week, pain, hearing loss, and tinnitus.

Patient Data

Age: 35 years
Gender: Male

Note: This case has been tagged as "legacy" as it no longer meets image preparation and/or other case publication guidelines.

ct

A region of irregular lytic destruction in the left petrous apex.

mri

On T1 weighted images, the left petrous apex is of intermediate to low signal intensity with peripheral irregular enhancement.

Case Discussion

Features are consistent with infection of the petrous apex (petrous apicitis) resulting in Gradenigo syndrome.

How to use cases

You can use Radiopaedia cases in a variety of ways to help you learn and teach.

Creating your own cases is easy.

Updating… Please wait.

 Unable to process the form. Check for errors and try again.

 Thank you for updating your details.