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Frontal mucocele mimicking a frontal subcutaneous tumor

 Department of Neurosurgery, Government Medical College, Kottayam, Kerala, India

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Ellath Valappil Bijith,
Department of Neurosurgery, Government Medical College, Kottayam - 686 011, Kerala
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Mucoceles are chronic, expanding, mucosa lined pathology of the paranasal sinuses. Frontal mucocele usually presents with the visual complaints such as diplopia, diminution of vision, visual field defect, ptosis, orbital swelling, retro-orbital pain, displacement of eye globe, and proptosis. Very rarely, it can be present as a subcutaneous swelling. This article presents a 58-year-old male patient presenting with an asymptomatic periorbital swelling and a painless forehead mass of 3 years duration. There was a partial ptosis, and an elongated, soft, subcutaneous mass over the forehead. Surgical excision of the mass confirmed the diagnosis of a mucocele. Postoperatively, the patient was asymptomatic. A subcutaneous soft-tissue mass may be the presenting complaint of a frontal mucocele. Careful examination of the surrounding skin may suggest the diagnosis of sinus-related disease and thus direct appropriate investigations.

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