Int Arch Otorhinolaryngol 2015; 19(02): 124-129
DOI: 10.1055/s-0034-1397337
Original Research
Thieme Publicações Ltda Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Differential Diagnosis and Treatment of Isolated Pathologies of the Sphenoid Sinus: Retrospective Study of 46 Cases

Thomas Ribeiro Marcolini
1   Department of Medicine, Universidade Regional de Blumenau, Blumenau, SC, Brazil
Maryane Cristine Safraider
1   Department of Medicine, Universidade Regional de Blumenau, Blumenau, SC, Brazil
Jan Alessandro Socher
2   Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Universidade Regional de Blumenau, Blumenau, SC, Brazil
Guilherme Olinto Lucena
3   Department of Medicine, Faculdade Evangélica do Paraná, Curitiba, PR, Brazil
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Publication History

06 October 2014

01 November 2014

Publication Date:
28 January 2015 (online)


Introduction Isolated disease of the sphenoid is rare and has often been overlooked due to its remote location and difficult access.

Objective A retrospective study of the main causes of isolated sphenoid sinus diseases with discussion of the most appropriate methods of diagnosis and treatment.

Methods A total of 46 cases of isolated sphenoid disease treated between January 2008 and December 2013 were evaluated by objective ear, nose, and throat examination and video endoscopy, computed tomography of the paranasal sinuses, and, in some cases, magnetic resonance imaging. In each case, we decided between drug and/or endoscopic treatment.

Results We identified 12 cases of isolated sphenoiditis (26.1%), 3 cases of fungal sphenoiditis (6.5%), 3 cases of sphenochoanal polyps (6.5%), 22 cases of mucocele (47.8%), 2 cases of cerebrospinal fluid leak (4.3%), and 1 case each of meningoencephalocele (2.1%), inverted papilloma (2.1%), fibrous dysplasia (2.1%), and squamous cell carcinoma (2.1%).

Conclusion A prevalence of inflammatory and infectious diseases was found, and endoscopic surgery for the sphenoid sinus approach is effective in treating various diseases of the isolated sphenoid, whether complicated or not.

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