Correlation between the extent of pneumatization of Agger agger Nasi nasi cells and the anterior-to-posterior length of the frontal recess: A a computer-assisted anatomical study.
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Objectives: To explore the correlation between the volume of the aAgger nNasi (AN) cell bulge and the A-P length of the frontal recess (FR). Subjects and methods: In total, 120 patients, who underwent septoplasty, were included. All patients underwent preoperative paranasal sinus computed tomography of the paranasal sinuses (PNS CT) imaging. In total, CT data on of all 120 PNSs patients were analyzed in terms of thewith respect to the extent of pneumatization of the AN cell bulge and the A-P dimensions of the FR. Each side was analyzed separately. Results: We included 120 patients,: 78 (65.0%) females and 42 (35.0 %) males. Their average age was 33.7 ± 11.6 years (range: 18–65 years). The mean volume of the AN cell bulge was 0.26 ± 0.4 mm3 on both the right and left sides. The A-P length of the FR was 7.7 ± 2.2 mm. No significant between-side difference in the mean volume of the AN cell bulge was apparent observed (p=0.906). This volume did not differ significantly by age or sex (p=0.844 and p=0.971, respectively). We found no correlation between the volume of the AN cell bulge and the A-P length of the FR (r = 0.098, p=0.192). Conclusion: In the present study, no correlation between AN cell volume and the A-P length of the FR was found. When studying the anatomical complexity of the FR, it is essential to consider the AN cell volume. We suggest that preoperative CT imaging is critical when endoscopic sinus surgery is planned. However, further studies with larger numbers of patients are needed to explore the relationship between AN cell pneumatization and the anatomy of the FR.
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