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Ear Nose Throat J. 2003 Jan;82(1):61-3.

Iatrogenic maxillary sinus recirculation and beyond.

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Department of Otolaryngology, MetroHealth Medical Center, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, USA.


Recirculation of nasal mucus occurs when secretions that have been transported out of the natural maxillary ostium return to the sinus via a surgically created or accessory ostium. Recirculation increases the risk of persistent sinus infection. In this article, we describe a case of mucus recirculation in a patient who had not responded to two previous sinus surgeries for recurrent rhinosinusitis. We also postulate the possibility of ethmoid recirculation.

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