Middle turbinate hinge flap for frontal recess obliteration following prior cranialization

Zachary M. Soler, Ayesha N. Khalid, Timothy L. Smith

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Frontal sinus cranialization is an established procedure utilized in instances wherein the posterior table has been irreversibly compromised. A known complication of this procedure is pneumocephalus, which may develop if the frontal recess has not been fully separated from the cranialized sinus. We report 3 cases wherein massive pneumocephalus developed after cranialization of the frontal sinus. In each case, a novel endoscopic repair was undertaken utilizing a middle turbinate hinge flap to obliterate the frontal recess. In each instance, obliteration of the frontal recess resulted in durable resolution of pneumocephalus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1403-1405
Number of pages3
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Cranialization
  • Frontal recess
  • Hinge flap
  • Obliteration
  • Pneumocephalus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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