TRANSNASAL ENDOSCOPIC SPHENOIDOTMY : PATENCY AND FUNCDON
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lhe sphenoid sinus like i II other paranasal sinuses is prone to mucosa( inflanunatoly and WW1 gic lesions. 17w aim of surgery is to establish proper drainage and areation of the sinus cavity through a sphenoidotomy. This study included 20 patients who underwent endoscopic sphenoidatomy ()kw or in conjunction with endoscopic sinus surgery of the oilier sinuses. In 13 patients. surge; y was performed bilaterally and in 7 unilaterally. Postoperative endoscopic evaluaiion revcidc,( patent sphenoidotomy in 30 cases (90.n.) and occluded osthini in 3 cases (9%). The cavity was clear in 19 cases (515%) and the mucosa wil‘ healthy in 18 eases (4.5%). It was concluded that endo.scopic sphenaidotomy is a saje and direct plocedure with high potency rate ant/fairly good function.