J Rhinol.  2017 Nov;24(2):123-126. 10.18787/jr.2017.24.2.123.

A Case of Fungal Ball Caused by Retained Glass Foreign Body in Maxillary Sinus for 30 Years

  • 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, School of Medicine, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea. profsookim@gmail.com


The fungal ball is the most frequent non-invasive form of fungal sinusitis. Some authors have reported opportunistic fungus infections caused by retained foreign bodies in the maxillary sinus. Whereas previously reported foreign bodies were almost always metal materials, we report the case of a fungus ball caused by retained pieces of glass for 30 years. The patient complained of unilateral nasal obstruction. Computed tomography revealed fungal sinusitis and foreign bodies in the left maxillary sinus. The fungus ball and foreign bodies were removed via an endoscopic sinus surgery. After surgical removal, the patient became free from nasal symptoms.


Fungi; Foreign bodies; Glass; Maxillary sinus
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