Korean J Otolaryngol-Head Neck Surg.  2005 Feb;48(2):275-278.

A Case of Isolated Frontal Fungal Sinusitis with Orbital Complication

  • 1Department of Otolaryngology, Presbyterian Medical Center, Chunju, Korea. drsuejin@hanmail.net


The most commonly involved sinus of fungal infections is maxillary sinus, followed by sphenoid sinus and ethmoid sinus. On the other hand, the frontal sinus is only occasionally affected. Common pathogenic organisms related to fungal sinusitis are species of Aspergillus, dematiaceous fungi or zygomycetes; however, species of candida are rarely reported. In the invasive fungal sinusitis, orbital invasion, invasion and destruction of the skull base with a fungal meningitis, and fungal osteomyelitis with complete destruction of the maxilla have all been reported. Although these occurrences can not be explained, orbital complications have been reported in the noninvasive paranasal sinus mycosis. The treatment of paranasal fungus ball is primarily by surgical removal. In the past, fungus ball of frontal sinus was approached externally; however, this has been largely replaced with the endonasal endoscopic technique. We experienced a case of frontal fungal sinusitis with orbital complication, which was successfully treated by endonasal endoscopic frontal sinusotomy. In this paper, we report this case with a review of literature.


Frontal sinus; Frontal sinusitis
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