European Radiology

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 281–285 | Cite as

Ethmomaxillary sinus: a particular anatomic variation of the paranasal sinuses

  • Akif ŞirikçiEmail author
  • Yıldırım A. Bayazıt
  • Metin Bayram
  • Muzaffer Kanlıkama
Head and Neck


We assessed the morphological and radiological characteristics of ethmomaxillary sinus (EMS), which is an enlarged posterior ethmoidal air cell occupying the superior portion of the maxillary sinus while draining into superior meatus. This study is based on 1450 patients submitted to CT examination of the paranasal sinuses between 1998 and 2002. Sequential CT scans were obtained in the coronal plane in all the patients with 2.5- to 5-mm section thickness and were evaluated for EMS. The diagnosis of EMS was made when there was a posterior ethmoidal cell occupying the superior part of the maxillary sinus while draining to the superior meatus. When EMS was diagnosed, the morphology of the septum between the and maxillary sinus, and width of the superior meatus, were noted. The EMS was found in 10 of 1450 (0.7%) patients. The coexisting anatomic variations were concha bullosa (50%), upper concha pneumatization (20%), maxillary sinus hypoplasia (20%), uncinate bulla (10%), hypertrophied inferior concha (10%), paradoxic middle concha (10%), and septate maxillary sinus (10%). There was no relation between EMS and sinus disease. The EMS is a rare anatomic variation and does not appear to be associated with sinusitis. The EMS is not a well-studied anatomic variation, and the literature is lacking adequate information about this anatomic variation. This study performed in a large series of patients will possibly contribute to better understanding of this particular anomaly.


Ethmomaxillary sinus Paransal sinuses Computed tomography Anatomic variations 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Akif Şirikçi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Yıldırım A. Bayazıt
    • 2
  • Metin Bayram
    • 1
  • Muzaffer Kanlıkama
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Radiology, Faculty of MedicineGaziantep UniversityGaziantepTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Faculty of MedicineGaziantep UniversityGaziantepTurkey

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