After Boy Dies, Pediatrician Says It's 'Extremely Rare' for a Sinus Infection to Spread to the Brain
On March 11, Marquel Brumley, a 13-year-old 8th grader from Michigan, died of a sinus infection that unexpectedly spread into his brain. After visiting urgent care and being told the infection would clear on its own, Brumley began experiencing migraines. His face swelled up, and he lost the ability to move its left side. When his parents brought him back to the emergency room, MRI scans revealed his infection had migrated through the bone that separates the sinuses from the cranial cavity into his brain, causing clots and large amounts of pain. While this sounds like a terrifying scenario, pediatricians are eager to remind patients - this was an incredibly rare occurrence.