Aplastic maxillary sinuses

Case contributed by Dr Fakhry Mahmoud Ebouda


Nasal obstruction and chronic headache.

Patient Data

Age: 65 years
Gender: Male

Aplastic both maxillary sinuses as well as their drainage units with compensation and hypertrophy of bony maxilla bilaterally. The remaining sinuses show variable degrees of pan-sinusitis. Obliterated sphenoethmoidal recess bilaterally. Mildly deviated bony nasal septum to the left.

Case Discussion

Maxillary sinus aplasia is extremely rare, whereas maxillary sinus hypoplasia is a well-known clinical entity. Maxillary sinus hypoplasia is reported in 1.7–10.4% of patients with sinonasal symptoms.

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Case information

rID: 60030
Published: 4th May 2018
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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