Delayed complications following sinus trauma

David M. Poetker, Timothy L. Smith

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The most common complication following sinus trauma is sinusitis, usually resulting from edema, blood, retained bone or soft-tissue fragments, or foreign bodies. • Craniofacial trauma accounts for approximately 28% of mucoceles. • Mucoceles can present decades after the inciting trauma, so life-long follow up is indicated. • Foreign bodies of the paranasal sinuses are associated with trauma in 70% of cases, and most commonly involve the maxillary sinus. Thorough and complete debridement in the acute setting is essential to prevent long-term complications. • Paranasal sinus epidermoids have been reported to occur following traumatic implantation of squamous mucosa. • Management of paranasal sinus epidermoids involves ventilation of the affected sinuses with longterm endoscopic follow up. • Traumatic aneurysms of the internal carotid artery can present as an isolated sinus mass.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRevision Sinus Surgery
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9783540789307
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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