Frontal sinus fractures

Semin Plast Surg. 2010 Nov;24(4):375-82. doi: 10.1055/s-0030-1269766.


The management of frontal sinus fractures has changed over the past 20 years. Whereas the indications for an invasive procedure had been much broader in the past, it has become more common to treat these fractures conservatively, due to improved imaging modalities, the advent of endoscopic surgical treatment of the nasofrontal outflow tracts, and the improved understanding of frontal sinus physiology. A variety of algorithms have been proposed for the management of frontal sinus fractures; however, we present a simplified treatment algorithm, which uses cranialization, obliteration, reconstruction, observation, and endoscopic sinus surgery.

Keywords: Frontal sinus fractures; mucocele; nasofrontal duct; nasofrontal outflow tract.