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West Indian Med J. 2010 Mar;59(2):188-91.

The evidence-based management of bilateral ethmoid osteomas: diagnosis, endoscopic resection and review of the literature.

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  • 1Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Foresterhill, Aberdeen, Scotland AB25 2ZN. aarontrinidade@gmail.com


A 56-year old woman presented with headaches and nasal congestion secondary to bilateral ethmoid osteomas and she made a full recovery following endoscopic resection. Paranasal osteomas are common, benign, encapsulated tumours that are often asymptomatic, but may present similarly to rhinosinusitis and occasionally cause complications depending on their anatomical location. Bilateral ethmoidal osteomas, however are a rare occurrence and have not been previously reported in the English literature as far as the authors are aware. Ethmoidal and fronto-ethmoidal osteomas, like other paranasal osteomas, are easily diagnosed using computed tomography and are increasingly amenable to endoscopic resection. An evidence-based management plan is presented.

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