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Posttraumatic Frontal Mucocele

Rosado, Pablo MD, DDS*; de Vicente, Juan C. MD, DDS, PhD*; Villalaín, Lucas MD, DDS, PhD*; Fernández, Soledad MD; Peña, Ignacio MD, PhD*

Journal of Craniofacial Surgery: July 2011 - Volume 22 - Issue 4 - p 1537-1539
doi: 10.1097/SCS.0b013e31821da2dc
Brief Clinical Studies

Mucoceles of the frontal sinus are expansive cysts filled of the mucus secreted by goblet cells interspersed in the ciliated mucosa. The aim of this article was to present a case of a frontal mucocele that was developed in a 31-year-old man 19 years after having had a frontal sinus fracture. This is a rare entity. Frontal sinus fractures must be treated by a multidisciplinary team to avoid all possible sequelae. An adequate primary management of frontal sinus fractures is essential to prevent complications. This may include conservative attitude, reduction and fixation with miniplates, obliteration, cranialization, or grafting. Removal of any rest of epithelium is mandatory in this sense.

From the Departments of *Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and †Pathology, Central University Hospital, Oviedo, Spain.

Received November 2, 2010.

Accepted for publication January 29, 2011.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Pablo Rosado, MD, DDS, Asturias Central University Hospital, Celestino Villamil St, 33009, Oviedo, Spain; E-mail:

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

© 2011 Mutaz B. Habal, MD