J Rhinol.  2015 Nov;22(2):103-106. 10.18787/jr.2015.22.2.103.

A Case of Recurrent Sinus Headache Treated with Balloon Sinuplasty

  • 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. hjdhong@skku.edu


Since its introduction in 2006, balloon sinuplasty has been a controversial procedure among rhinologists. It is considered to be a minimally invasive procedure for the treatment of chronic rhinosinusitis. However, some sinus surgeons prefer to use conventional sinus surgery. Nevertheless, the current evidence indicates that balloon sinuplasty results in the reduction of surgery duration, hospital stay, postoperative pain and the facilitation of early wound healing. Herein, we report the first case in Korea of the successful dilatation of the sinuses using balloon sinuplasty in a 39-year-old woman with recurrent headache episodes that were aggravated during airplane travel.


Catheterization; Chronic rhinosinusitis; Sinus headache; Balloon sinuplasty
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