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Cholesterol granuloma of the frontal sinus.

Authors
  • Shykhon, M E
  • Trotter, M I
  • Morgan, D W
  • Reuser, T T Q
  • Henderson, M J
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of laryngology and otology
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2002
Volume
116
Issue
12
Pages
1041–1043
Identifiers
PMID: 12537619
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

It is common to see cholesterol granuloma in the mastoid air cells, less common in the orbit, and uncommon in the paranasal sinuses. Cholesterol granuloma is thought to be due to an interruption to normal aeration with impaired lymphatic drainage, resulting in a closed cavity where it may form. These expanding cysts cause bone destruction and compression of the surrounding structures that lead to clinical symptoms. Diagnosis and management of cholesterol granuloma cysts can be challenging. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomographic (CT) scans are usually diagnostic. We present a rare case of cholesterol granuloma in the frontal sinus, few cases have been reported in the literature.

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