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Year : 2017 | Month : April | Volume : 11 | Issue : 4 | Page : TC01 - TC03

Optic Nerve Canal Relation to Posterior Paranasal Sinuses in Indian Ethnics: Review and Objective Classification

Rishikesh Madhukar Itagi, Chaitra Parameshwara Adiga, Kiran Kalenahalli, Lakshmikanth Goolahally, Manju Gyanchandani

1. Consultant Radiologist, Department of Radiology, Sagar Hospitals, Bangalore, Karnataka, India. 2. Resident, Department of Radiology, Sagar Hospitals, Bangalore, Karnataka, India. 3. Head of Department, Department of Radiology, Sagar Hospitals, Bangalore, Karnataka, India. 4. Consultant Radiologist, Department of Radiology, Sagar Hospitals, Bangalore, Karnataka, India. 5. Consultant Radiologist, Department of Radiology, Sagar Hospitals, Bangalore, Karnataka, India.

Correspondence Address :
Dr. Rishikesh Madhukar Itagi,
Consultant Radiologist, Department of Radiology, Sagar Hospitals, No. 44/54, 30th Cross,
Thilaknagar, Jayanagar Extension, Bangalore- 560041, Karnataka, India.
E-mail: rishiitagi@gmail.com

Abstract

Introduction: Posterior paranasal sinuses consisting of posterior ethmoid and sphenoid sinuses show varying pneumatization and relationship to Optic Nerve Canal (ONC). Most commonly ONC is superolateral to sphenoid sinus, however varied protrusion of ONC into the sinuses may occur. Rarely it may pass completely through the sinus. Optic Nerve (ON) is covered by a thin bony layer or by periosteum and sinus mucosa without bone. Extensive pneumatization of sphenoid sinus and bony dehiscence predisposes to ON injury. The posterior ethmoid cell namely the Onodi cell is of great surgical importance when the optic nerve is along its lateral wall and surrounds the nerve. These varied relations imply that a detailed knowledge of the intimate relationship of ONC with the posterior paranasal sinuses is necessary to avoid unintentional complications during the surgeries involving the ONC region.

Aim: To assess relationship of optic nerve canal to the posterior paranasal sinuses in Indian Ethnic study group.

Materials and Methods: Retrospective review of 100 paranasal sinus Computed Tomography (CT) scans were done using 64 row Multi Detector Computed Tomography (MDCT). Multiplanar reformation images were assessed for ONC relation to posterior ethmoid and sphenoid sinuses, wall dehiscence, and Pneumatization of Anterior Clinoid Process (PACP).

Results: 200 optic nerve canals were assessed and grouped into four types based on the modification of Delano et al., classification. The most common OCN was Type-1 (60%), followed by Type-2 (15%), Type-3 (14%) and Type-4 (11%). Dehiscence was seen in 35(17.5%) mostly in Type-3 canals. PACP was seen in 28 (14%).

Conclusion: Knowledge of optic nerve relationship to posterior paranasal sinuses will reduce the devastating complications during sinus surgeries. Our modified ONC classification is based on the bony canal morphology and the degree of protrusion into sinuses. As with other reported studies worldwide, Type-1 ONC is the commonest among the Indians also. Type-2 and 3 ONC with sinus wall dehiscence and PACP are the most important anatomical variations which may potentially predispose to risk of surgical injury to the optic nerves.

Keywords

Ethmoid Sinus, Onodi cell, Sagar Classification, Sphenoid Sinus

How to cite this article :

Rishikesh Madhukar Itagi, Chaitra Parameshwara Adiga, Kiran Kalenahalli, Lakshmikanth Goolahally, Manju Gyanchandani . OPTIC NERVE CANAL RELATION TO POSTERIOR PARANASAL SINUSES IN INDIAN ETHNICS: REVIEW AND OBJECTIVE CLASSIFICATION. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research [serial online] 2017 April [cited: 2017 Apr 24 ]; 11:TC01-TC03. Available from
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DOI and Others

DOI: 10.7860/JCDR/2017/23447.9510



Date of Submission: Aug 18, 2016
Date of Peer Review: Dec 10, 2016
Date of Acceptance: Jan 06, 2017
Date of Publishing: Apr 01, 2017

Financial OR OTHER COMPETING INTERESTS: None.

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