Occurrence of a postoperative maxillary mucocele 20 years after orbital wall reconstruction

Cheol Hyo Ku, Minheon Kim, Joo Hyung Lee, Hyun Su Lee, Dong Joon Park, Eun Jung Lee

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Mucoceles of the paranasal sinus are epithelial-lined cystic structures filled with mucus and have multiple etiologies, including recurrent inflammation, trauma, or intrinsic disease. Particularly, a postoperative maxillary mucocele (POMM) is a delayed complication of radical surgery of the maxillary sinus, and most cases occur after Caldwell-Luc operations. Patients mainly complain of facial swelling, toothache, and tenderness. POMM has rarely been reported from other causes; however, there have been no reports on the occurrence of POMM following orbital wall reconstruction. Herein, we report a case of a patient with a POMM that developed 20 years after the aforementioned surgery. The patient complained of facial pain with visual disturbance, and underwent marsupialization using a combination of sublabial and endoscopic approaches, and the symptoms improved without recurrence.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEar, Nose and Throat Journal
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022

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Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by a faculty research grant (No. 2022-52-0054) from Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine granted to E.J.L. and the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (Ministry of Science and ICT) (NRF-2021R1A2C1010082, granted to E.J.L.).

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  • Otorhinolaryngology


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