Author(s): Stankiewicz JA
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Abstract A previous publication by this author discussing complications of endoscopic intranasal ethmoidectomy indicated an overall complication rate of 29\% in 90 patients (17\% in 150 ethmoidectomies). Compared to published complications rates for traditional intranasal ethmoidectomy (2.7\% to 3.7\%), 17\% is alarming and of concern. The complication results in 300 ethmoidectomies performed on 180 patients are presented. The overall complication rate was 9.3\%. Only two further complications have occurred since the first reported series: a cerebrospinal fluid leak and one case of subcutaneous emphysema. Methods and techniques that have led to the reduction of complications are briefly discussed. Endoscopic ethmoidectomy is a valid, safe procedure in experienced hands.
This article was published in Laryngoscope
and referenced in Otolaryngology: Open Access