Significance of opacification of the maxillary and ethmoidsinuses in infants

Glasier, Charles M., Mallory, George B. and Steele, Russell W. (1989) Significance of opacification of the maxillary and ethmoidsinuses in infants. Journal of Pediatrics, 114 1: 45-50. doi:10.1016/S0022-3476(89)80599-2

Author Glasier, Charles M.
Mallory, George B.
Steele, Russell W.
Title Significance of opacification of the maxillary and ethmoidsinuses in infants
Journal name Journal of Pediatrics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-3476
Publication date 1989-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S0022-3476(89)80599-2
Volume 114
Issue 1
Start page 45
End page 50
Total pages 6
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Mosby
Language eng
Abstract To evaluate the incidence and significance of radiographic sinusopacification in infants, we performed computed tomography (CT) of the maxillary and ethmoidsinuses in conjunction with routine cranial CT in 100 infants from birth to 12 months of age. CT was performer for indications other than sinusitis. Prospective concurrent clinical history was obtained and physical examination of the upper respiratory tract was performed. Of 100 infants, 16 had hypoplasia of the maxillarysinuses; 81% (13/16) of these were less than 2 months of age. The antra showed progressive increase in size during the first year of life. Of the 100 infants, 70 had CT sinusopacification, including 67% of those without historical or physical evidence of upper respiratory tract infection. There was a positive correlation of CT findings between the maxillary and ethmoidsinuses in 80% of the infants older than 2 months of age but in only 49% of the younger infants. Radiographic sinusopacification in infants is of uncertain significance and is not diagnostic of upper respiratory tract infection, much less of sinusitis.
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