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Year : 2017 | Month : April | Volume : 11 | Issue : 4 | Page : MD01 - MD02

Unilateral Absence of Ethmoid Sinus and Nasal Turbinates: A Rare Case Report

Vinod Felix, Narendrakumar Veerasigamani

1. Consultant, Department of ENT, SUT Pattom Hospital, Trivandrum, Kerala, India. 2. Consultant, Department of ENT, Indoamerican Hospital, Vaikom, Kerala, India.

Correspondence Address :
Dr. Vinod Felix,
Consultant, Department of ENT, SUT Pattom Hospital, Trivandrum-695004, Kerala, India.


A variety of anatomical variation of paranasal sinus and nasal turbinates exist, as its development is a complex and long standing process. Computerized Tomography (CT) of the paranasal sinuses is a very valuable tool in diagnosing these variations. Preoperatively defining the anatomical variations of the intranasal structures is essential in performing the safe functional endoscopic sinus surgery and to avoid unnecessary complications. Several degrees and combinations of aplasias and hypoplasias have been reported. We report a case of 37-year-old male who presented with bilateral nasal block and rhinorrhea and his CT paranasal sinuses showed gross septal spur in left side, absence of right middle, inferior and superior turbinates, absent right ethmoid air cells, aplastic right frontal sinus, left concha bullosa with bilateral maxillary sinusitis.


Nasal cavity, Paranasal sinus, Sinusitis, Variations

How to cite this article :

Vinod Felix, Narendrakumar Veerasigamani. UNILATERAL ABSENCE OF ETHMOID SINUS AND NASAL TURBINATES: A RARE CASE REPORT. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research [serial online] 2017 April [cited: 2017 May 25 ]; 11:MD01-MD02. Available from

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DOI: 10.7860/JCDR/2017/24479.9511

Date of Submission: Sep 28, 2016
Date of Peer Review: Dec 17, 2016
Date of Acceptance: Dec 28, 2016
Date of Publishing: Apr 01, 2017


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