What physical findings suggest acute bacterial sinusitis (sinus infection) in children?

Updated: Mar 01, 2018
  • Author: Itzhak Brook, MD, MSc; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Physical examination findings may not be helpful in making a diagnosis of acute bacterial sinusitis in a child because the findings are almost identical to those of a child with viral rhinosinusitis. The presence of pus in the middle meatus suggests involvement of maxillary, frontal, or ethmoid sinuses; pus in the superior meatus suggests involvement of sphenoid or posterior ethmoid cells.

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