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Tension pneumocephalus attributable to an ethmoid osteoma presenting as a stroke in evolution: an unusual presentation
  1. D C Bramley,
  2. S Ghosh
  1. Department of Otolaryngology, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, University of Sheffield, Sheffield
  1. Correspondence to:Dr Bramley, 108 Burgoyne Road, Sheffield S6 3QB, UK (D.C.Bramley{at}

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