Quantitative histology of the mucous membrane of the accessory nasal sinus and mastoid cavities

Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. Jan-Feb 1981;90(1 Pt 1):33-7. doi: 10.1177/000348948109000109.


The mucous membranes of the accessory nasal sinuses and of the mastoid labyrinth were measured in undecalcified, plastic-embedded specimens from nonpathologic postmortem cases. Epithelial thicknesses, lamina propria thicknesses and the ratio of nuclear to total cell area of the epithelia are presented for these organs to provide a quantitative basis for dosimetric calculations of alpha-emitting radionuclides. These data will be of value for studies in populations at risk for head carcinomas from the intake of radium and related nuclides.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Cell Count
  • Cell Nucleus
  • Epithelial Cells
  • Epithelium / anatomy & histology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mastoid / anatomy & histology*
  • Mastoid / cytology
  • Middle Aged
  • Mucous Membrane / anatomy & histology
  • Paranasal Sinuses / anatomy & histology*
  • Paranasal Sinuses / cytology
  • Radiation Dosage