I have written before about the rare but terrifying outcomes that can result if sinus infections are left untreated for too long. Because of their proximity to neural tissue, these infections can spread through the head, and graduate to something far more serious.
This story underlines that risk. As the woman describes, “It started with a sinus infection, which I’d never had before, that went a bit strange. I started having muscle shakes and spasms and migraines and I was vomiting.” These are are a few of the telltale signs that a sinus infecton has become something else, a fact underscored by her doctors’ response:
She was rushed into the operating theatre of the Royal Victoria’s neurosurgery unit for a craniotomy to remove the pus and alleviate the pressure on her brain and a section of her skull was placed in her abdomen until she was well enough to have it replaced.
Multiple followup surgeries followed, as well as months of hospitalization. Now the woman is back to her life again. Still, it is a chilling reminder that significant infections require swift action, and that severe pain should not be ignored if it contiues to get worse.
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