Yonsei Med J.  1989 Sep;30(3):294-297. 10.3349/ymj.1989.30.3.294.

Aspergillosis of the paranasal sinuses: diagnostic significance of the computed tomography

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  • 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine, Wonju, Korea.
  • 2Department of Pathoglogy, Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine, Wonju, Korea.
  • 3Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

Aspergillosis of the paranasal sinuses appears to be relatively rare in occurrence, but there is a growing incidence of it in accordance with the increasing use of antibiotics, steroid hormones, anticancer drugs, and radiation therapy. We have seen 15 cases of aspergillosis of the paranasal sinuses in which computed tomography (CT) was helpful for diagnosis. The characteristic feature of CT findings was the intermixture of high and low density areas in the affected paranasal sinuses, apparently caused by increased X-ray absorption due to calcification. These findings indicate that CT is useful in the preoperative diagnosis of aspergillosis of the paranasal sinuses.

Keyword

Aspergillosis; computed tomography of paranasal sinuses
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