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Type: Journal article
Title: The modified endoscopic Lothrop procedure in the treatment of complicated chronic frontal sinusitis
Author: Wormald, P.
Ananda, A.
Nair, S.
Citation: Clinical Otolaryngology, 2003; 28(3):215-220
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Issue Date: 2003
ISSN: 1749-4478
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P.J. Wormald, A. Ananda & S. Nair
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the modified endoscopic Lothrop procedure in the management of complicated frontal sinus disease which has breached the confines of the sinus walls and extended into the cranial cavity or orbit. Fourteen patients with radiological evidence of 17 complications of frontal sinus disease presented over a 23-month period. CT scan and MRI scans revealed the presence of posterior table erosion and extension of the frontal sinus disease into the anterior cranial fossa in 10 patients. In addition, seven patients had intraorbital complications, with three patients having both intracranial and orbital complications. All patients underwent a modified endoscopic Lothrop procedure as part of the management of the complication. In addition, one patient required an orbital abscess drainage and repair of an encephalocele, with a second patient requiring drainage of an orbital subperiosteal abscess. At follow-up, all patients were asymptomatic and had patent frontal sinus ostia. Follow-up ranged from 8 months to 38 months with a median of 25 months. Three patients required a revision of their frontal ostium. Two patients had allergic fungal sinusitis with aggressive polyp recurrence and ostial re-stenosis while one patient developed recurrent orbital infections from a retained frontal sinus cell. Currently, all have patent ostia, with an average size of 14.6 × 11 mm. The modified endoscopic Lothrop procedure is an effective form of treatment in the management of complicated frontal sinus disease. The results are comparable to those achieved with other surgical approaches such as the osteoplastic flap with obliteration.
Keywords: Surgical Flaps
Frontal Sinusitis
Chronic Disease
Tomography, X-Ray Computed
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Treatment Outcome
Otorhinolaryngologic Surgical Procedures
Middle Aged
Evaluation Studies as Topic
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DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2273.2003.00692.x
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