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International Journal of Adult Orthodontics and Orthognathic Surgery

Year 1986
Volume 1 , Issue 3

Pages: 195 - 202

Evaluation of maxillary sinus disease in maxillary orthognathic surgery patients


Thirty-six patients who had undergone orthodontic surgery were evaluated for maxillary sinus disease with ultrasound and standard radiographic techniques. Twelve of these patients had surgery to the mandible only and served as the control group. The remaining 24 had Le Fort I down-fractures of the maxilla. One patient who had maxillary surgery was diagnosed from clincal, radiographic, and ultrasonic examination as having postoperative sinus disease; the symptoms were resolved with medications. Two othe patients had mild mucosal thicking on ultrasound examination but had no complaints of discomfort or any positive radiographic findings. Ultrasound may be used with reliability in evaluaing patients for maxillary sinus disease. The likelihood of chronic sinusitis in Le Fort I patients is statistically insignificant.


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