Chronic maxillary sinusitis. Differential diagnosis and genesis

Acta Otolaryngol. 1982 Jan-Feb;93(1-2):147-50. doi: 10.3109/00016488209130865.


By a careful ENT and oral examination of 111 patients with suspected chronic maxillary sinusitis, the diagnosis was verified in only 56% (62/111). In 29 of these 62 patients (47%) a relation to dental infections was found, periodontitis being as frequent as apical granulomas. In 61% of the patients, in whom the diagnosis chronic maxillary sinusitis could not be verified, dental infections and/or myofascial pain dysfunction syndrome (MPD) were the most common and likely cause of the symptoms. A careful oral examination including dental radiographs is thus important in patients with chronic maxillary sinusitis.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Chronic Disease
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Maxillary Sinus / diagnostic imaging*
  • Periodontal Diseases / complications
  • Periodontal Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Radiography
  • Sinusitis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Sinusitis / etiology
  • Tooth Diseases / complications
  • Tooth Diseases / diagnostic imaging