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Aplasia and Agenesis of the Frontal Sinus in Turkish Individuals: A Retro-spective Study Using Dental Volumetric Tomography

Binali Cakur1ƒx, Muhammed A. Sumbullu1, Nurhan Bay.nd.r Durna2
1. Department of Oral Diagnosis and Oral Radiology, Faculty of Dentistry, Ataturk University, Erzurum, Turkey 2. Numune Hospital, Erzurum, Turkey
Abstract :

Agenesis of the paranasal sinuses is an uncommon clinical condition that appears mainly in the frontal (12%) and maxillary (5-6%) sinuses; in some populations, it appears at a higher pro-portion. This study investigated the prevalence of agenesis of the frontal sinuses using dental volumetric tomography (DVT) in Turkish individuals. The frontal sinuses of 410 patients were examined by DVT scans in the coronal planes for evidence of the absence of the frontal si-nuses. A bilateral and unilateral absence of the frontal sinuses was seen in 0.73% and 1.22% of cases, respectively. In one case, both agenesis and aplasia of the frontal sinus was seen (0.24%). The low percentage of frontal sinus agenesis must be considered during pre-surgical planning related to the sinuses. DVT may be used as a diagnostic tool for the examination of frontal sinus aplasia.

Keywords :
Frontal sinus agenesis, Dental volumetric computed tomography, Paranasal Sinuses

Date Deposited : 04 Jul 2011 10:55

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Volume 8, Number 3, - 2011 , ISSN 1449-1907

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