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Transnasal inferior meatal antrostomy with a mucosal flap for post-Caldwell–Luc mucoceles in the maxillary sinus

  • M Suzuki (a1), T Matsumoto (a1), M Yokota (a1), K Toyoda (a1) and Y Nakamura (a1)...



Transnasal inferior meatal antrostomy is increasingly used for the treatment of post-Caldwell–Luc mucoceles in maxillary sinus. This study aimed to report the outcomes after inferior meatal antrostomy with a mucosal flap for recurrent mucoceles.


The records of patients who had undergone transnasal inferior meatal antrostomy with or without a mucosal flap were reviewed.


Transnasal endoscopic inferior meatal antrostomy with or without a mucosal flap was performed in 21 and 49 patients, respectively. No complications were observed. A closing of the antrostomy was found in 9 (18.4 per cent) of the 49 patients who underwent antrostomy without a mucosal flap. No closings were observed in the 21 patients who underwent antrostomy with a mucosal flap. There was a significant difference in the rate of closing for surgery with and without the mucosal flap.


Transnasal endoscopic inferior meatal antrostomy with a mucosal flap is a safe method for the treatment of post-Caldwell–Luc maxillary mucoceles that effectively prevents recurrence.


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Author for correspondence: Dr Motohiko Suzuki, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Nagoya City University, 1 Kawasumi, Mizuho-cho, Mizuho-ku, Nagoya 467-8601, Japan E-mail: Fax: +81 52 851 5300


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