Endoscopic management of frontal sinus disease

Laryngoscope. 1990 Feb;100(2 Pt 1):155-60. doi: 10.1288/00005537-199002000-00010.


Depending on the pathologic process, the treatment of frontal sinus disease has consisted of obliteration or ablation of the sinus, or restoration of drainage into the nose. Intranasal endoscopic enlargement of the frontal recess and ostium, and removal of disease from the medial aspect of the frontal sinus offers a minimally invasive alternative to previous operations in selected patients. To better understand the indications, limitations, and potential problems with this operation, our experience with endoscopic frontal sinustomy in 36 patients over a 30-month period is reported. During the follow-up period, 21 patients had complete resolution of all symptoms, 11 patients were improved but had at least one episode of sinusitis or headache postoperatively, and 3 patients were worse, 2 of whom required frontal sinus obliteration for control of disease. Although endoscopic frontal sinusotomy appears to be a useful alternative to traditional frontal sinus procedures in selected patients, the reader is cautioned that such surgery is technically difficult and has not yet stood the test of time required of any frontal sinus operation.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Endoscopy*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Frontal Sinus / diagnostic imaging
  • Frontal Sinus / surgery*
  • Frontal Sinusitis / diagnostic imaging
  • Frontal Sinusitis / surgery
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mucocele / surgery
  • Paranasal Sinus Diseases / surgery
  • Paranasal Sinus Neoplasms / surgery
  • Polyps / surgery
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Reoperation
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed