Endoscopic view of maxillary ostia mimicking a maxillary sinus wall

March 1, 2012
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Rhinoscopic Clinic

A patient presented with what appeared to be a defect in the left medial wall of the maxillary sinus but that was actually two large maxillary ostia with the absence of a left uncinate process. He was successfully treated with functional endoscopic sinus surgery.

A 37-year-old man presented with recurrent sinus infections treated medically numerous times over a 2-year period. Endoscopic examination revealed what appeared to be an antrostomy in the left middle meatus (figure, A). However the patient gave no history of previous sinus surgery.

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CitationEar Nose Throat J. 2012 March;91(3):E39