Endoscopic view of the carotid artery in the sphenoid sinus

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Date: Sept. 2018
From: Ear, Nose and Throat Journal(Vol. 97, Issue 9)
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc.
Document Type: Report
Length: 504 words
Lexile Measure: 1570L

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Because of its posterior location and intimate proximity to the internal carotid artery, optic nerve, and skull base, the sphenoid sinus was the last paranasal sinus frontier to be frequently approached surgically. Surgical approaches to the sphenoid sinus became more accepted in the early 1900s as intranasal techniques improved. The use of the endoscope and then powered instrument techniques introduced in the 1990s (1) have made sphenoid sinus surgery widely accepted.

The sphenoid sinus has been described as the most variable, in shape and size, of any bilateral cavity or organ in the human body. (2) In early anatomic studies, the internal carotid artery was found to indent the posterolateral wall of the sphenoid sinus in approximately 65% of specimens. (3) Also, bony wall dehiscence over...

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