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Contemporary management of frontal sinus fractures

Dedhia, Raj D.; Morisada, Megan V.; Tollefson, Travis T.; Strong, E. Bradley

Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery: August 2019 - Volume 27 - Issue 4 - p 253–260
doi: 10.1097/MOO.0000000000000546
FACIAL PLASTIC SURGERY: Edited by Travis T. Tollefson

Purpose of review Frontal sinus fracture management is evolving. This article will highlight recent literature and provide an evidence-based algorithm in the contemporary management of frontal sinus fractures.

Recent findings The role of transnasal endoscopic treatment of frontal sinus fractures has expanded to include fracture reduction and posterior table reconstruction. Evidence continues to support the safety of nonoperative management in select frontal sinus outflow tract fractures.

Summary The management of frontal sinus fractures with frontal sinus outflow tract injury continues to evolve with a trend toward observation and minimally invasive approaches. Restoration of the frontal sinus outflow tracts with transnasal endoscopic techniques is being used increasingly in the acute and delayed setting. For severe fractures, the role of conservative treatment paradigms requires further research.

Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, University of California, Davis, Sacramento, California, USA

Correspondence to E. Bradley Strong, MD, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, University of California Davis, 2521 Stockton Blvd., Suite 7200, Sacramento, CA 95817, USA. Tel: +1916 734 2801; fax: +1916 703 5011; e-mail:

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