Frontal Sinus Pneumatization Affects Height of the Lateral Lamella and Position of Anterior Ethmoidal Artery

Comoglu S. , Sahin B., Sonmez S. , Deger K.

JOURNAL OF CRANIOFACIAL SURGERY, vol.28, no.1, pp.265-269, 2017 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 28 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/scs.0000000000003263
  • Page Numbers: pp.265-269


Preoperative evaluation of the frontal sinus (FS) and associated anatomical structures may reduce the risk of intraoperative complications and facilitate the management of potential complications. In this study, the authors aimed to evaluate relationship between FS pneumatization and critical anatomical structures. Paranasal sinus computerized tomography scans of 350 sides of 175 patients were evaluated. The pneumatization pattern of the FS, FS dimensions (on the axial, coronal, and sagittal slices), anterior ethmoidal artery, and depth of the of olfactory fossa were evaluated for every patient on both sides. There were 111 (63.4%) male and 64 (36.6%) female patients. The authors found a statistically significant correlation between the depth of olfactory fossa and the anterior ethmoidal artery position (P<0.001). As the FS pneumatization increases, the likelihood of the anterior ethmoid artery to run separately from the skull base also increases. Also, there was a statistically significant difference among the types in terms of the depth of the olfactory fossa (Kruskal-Wallis P = 0.002). The depth of the olfactory fossa increases depending on the increase of FS pneumatization.