Endoscopic management of paranasal sinus mucocoeles

J Laryngol Otol. 1998 Jan;112(1):36-40. doi: 10.1017/s0022215100139854.


Mucocoeles of the paranasal sinuses are relatively uncommon and in the past have been generally treated by an external surgical approach. Forty-eight mucocoeles in the frontal, fronto-ethmoidal and sphenoidal sinuses have been treated during the last five years, 20 by an entirely endonasal endoscopic approach and 28 by a combination of an external procedure and an endoscopic approach. There were no recurrences in the endoscopic group, with a mean follow-up of 34 months whilst three recurrences occurred in the combined external and endoscopic group which had a mean follow-up of 44 months. This may reflect the complexity and severity of concomitant disease. If a wide marsupialization can be achieved by an entirely endoscopic approach there are a number of advantages, notably a lack of facial scarring in children and young adults.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Endoscopy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mucocele / surgery*
  • Paranasal Sinus Diseases / surgery*
  • Recurrence
  • Treatment Outcome