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Current practice in the management of frontal sinus fractures

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  08 March 2006

B.D. Swinson
University College Hospital, London, UK.
W. Jerjes
University College Hospital, London, UK.
G. Thompson
University College Hospital, London, UK.


Fractures of the frontal sinus are seen predominantly, although not exclusively, in young men and are usually the result of road traffic accidents or falls.

These types of injury may present to either ENT, Maxillofacial, Plastic or Neurosurgery teams, and understanding of a clear management protocol is desirable for each of the specialties. The optimal management of these injuries is becoming more uniformly adopted although some areas of contention still persist. The aim of treatment has always been directed at creating a ’safe sinus’ that is not complicated by the late sequelae of infection or mucocele formation. The difficulty lies in being able to predict which patients are likely to develop these complications.

The aim of this paper is to evaluate the literature and offer a rationale for the management of these injuries.

Review Article
© 2004 Royal Society of Medicine Press

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