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Balloon sinuplasty in acute frontal sinusitis

Claire Hopkins, Edward Noon, David Roberts
Rhinology 2009, 47 (4): 375-8
Balloon sinuplasty has been licensed for the treatment of chronic rhinosinusitis since 2006. Balloon dilation enlarges the sinus ostium by effecting tiny fractures of the surrounding bone and compressing soft tissue such that no mucosa is removed. We believe this to be the ideal technique for achieving drainage of an acutely infected frontal sinus when surgical intervention is required. We report the application of this new technique in a 32-year-old female with acute frontal sinusitis. The frontal sinus was successfully cannulated and drained. Post-operative irrigation was achieved using a modified Vortex catheter.

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