Rapidly Progressive Maxillary Atelectasis.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

OBJECTIVE: Report of a patient with rapidly progressive maxillary atelectasis documented by sequential imaging. CLINICAL REPORT: A 51-year-old man, presented with left periorbital and retro-orbital pain associated with left nasal obstruction. An initial computed tomographic (CT) scan of the paranasal sinuses failed to reveal any significant abnormality. A subsequent CT scan, indicated for recurrence of symptoms 11 months later, showed significant maxillary atelectasis. An uncinectomy, maxillary antrostomy, and anterior ethmoidectomy resulted in a complete resolution of the symptoms. CONCLUSION: Chronic maxillary atelectasis is most commonly a consequence of chronic rhinosinusitis. All previous reports have indicated a chronic process but lacked documentation of the course of the disease. This report documents a patient of rapidly progressive chronic maxillary atelectasis with CT scans that demonstrate changes in the maxillary sinus (from normal to atelectatic) within 11 months.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Elkhatib, A; McMullen, K; Hachem, RA; Carrau, RL; Mastros, N

Published Date

  • July 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 28 / 5

Start / End Page

  • e451 - e453

PubMed ID

  • 28582286

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1536-3732

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/SCS.0000000000002890


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States