6.19D,E) as the axial cut goes into the frontal recess toward the anterior ethmoidal arteries. 6.6),5,8,13 but how this upward continuation of the uncinate interacts with the agger nasi cell and anterior ethmoidal cells in the frontal recess is sometimes poorly understood. For a cell to be called a frontal ethmoidal cell it needs to satisfy two criteria: first it must be an anterior ethmoidal cell and second it should be in close proximity to the frontal process of the maxilla. Keros 7 classified the depth of the olfactory fossa as a Keros type 1 (< 3 mm), type 2 (3–7 mm), and a type 3 (> 7 mm). The size of this beak will vary according to the degree of pneumatization of the agger nasi cell. If, however, the agger nasi cell is absent or under-pneumatized, then the beak will extend significantly into the frontal recess and create a narrow frontal ostium as the beak approaches the forward projecting anterior skull base. Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window), on Anatomy of the Frontal Recess and Frontal Sinus with Three-Dimensional Reconstruction, leaflet of bone to the bulla lamella forming a plate of bone that divides the frontal recess vertically from posterior to anterior, ridge of bone of the beak (floor of the frontal sinus). The next important step is to decide where the frontal sinus drains in relation to these cells.16–18 This concept is illustrated in Fig. 6.8 Coronal and parasagittal scans illustrating a single agger nasi cell (white arrow) on the left side. type 3 (~7%): a single large cell above the agger nasi cell that extends into the frontal sinus. However, when this is absent and a suprabullar recess is present, the anterior ethmoidal artery will be in the frontal recess. Kuhn classification is an anatomical classification for the subtypes of frontal cells. 6.16 An illustration of a parasagittal view of the agger nasi cell with line 1 representing a coronal cut through the anterior aspect of the agger nasi cell anterior to the middle turbinate. Note that the uncinate only has a relationship with the posterior half of the agger nasi cell and not the anterior half which is why the uncinate cannot be seen on the coronal CT scans taken through the anterior half of the agger nasi cell, as seen in Fig. 6.5). Basic Anatomy of the Frontal Recess and Frontal Sinus The posterior ethmoids pneumatize from the furrow between the middle and superior turbinates and the sphenoid sinus from the furrow above the superior turbinate. 6.9). Insecurity during dissection in the frontal recess may result in either inadequate surgery with ESS failure or may increase the risk of injury to the skull base, orbit, and the anterior ethmoid artery.4,6. This part of the uncinate forms the medial and posterior medial wall of the agger nasi cell and represents the relationship between the anterior agger nasi cell (shaded with dots) and the frontal beak and the floor of the frontal sinus (diagonally shaded area). The prevalence of frontal recess cells (FRCs), thickness of the frontal beak (FB), volume of the ANC, A-P length of the FI, and FR were evaluated. Figure 3 Type III frontal cells. In Fig. septal air cell was seen in 61 (30.5%) of the 200 cases, and 85.3% of these cells were clearly seen to communicate anteromedially with either one of the frontal sinuses or both frontal sinuses (3 cases). This is rare and only present in 15% of the population. If line 1 is drawn in the coronal plane, the frontal beak can be seen as continuous ridge of bone with the frontal sinus above it (diagonally shaded area in Figs. Bents classification of frontal cell variants Type I: Single frontal recess cell above the agger Type II: Tier of air cells above agger projecting into the frontal recess Type III: Single massive air cell above agger expanding in superior direction Type IV: Single isolated cell within frontal sinus. 6.12 (A–D) On the right side (in CT scans B, C, and D) the white arrow indicates the agger nasi cell. {"url":"/signup-modal-props.json?lang=us\u0026email="}. Fig. (E–G) These are the right-sided operative pictures of the CT scans shown in (A–D) and (E) corresponds to CT scan in (A) and shows the agger nasi cell intact (white arrow) and the black arrow indicating the uncinate process as it progresses upward to implant on the junction of the middle turbinate and the skull base. (B) Coronal CT through the uncinate process (white arrow) with the uncinate forming medial wall and roof of agger nasi cell on the left. The frontal beak (FB) is large and the anteroposterior diameter of the frontal ostium (FO) small. The frontal sinus is relatively easy to identify because, as it narrows toward the frontal ostia, it forms a square (Fig. 6.19). This bone is relatively thick and normally provides significant resistance to penetration. This mental picture gives the surgeon greater confidence that the complex anatomy of the frontal recess and frontal sinus is fully understood and removal of obstructing cells can be safely achieved. This chapter explains how two- dimensional (2D) computed tomography (CT) scans in coronal, parasagittal, and axial planes can be used to create a three- dimensional (3D) picture of the anatomy of the frontal recess. (1994). 6.12). 6.18).10. The height of this wall is determined by the level of the cribriform plate. 2 13 Type III frontal sinus cell Remove cell to dilate FSOT 3 68 Bilateral extensively pneumatized agger nasi cells Locate natural frontal ostium 4 60 Type IV frontal sinus cell Remove cell to dilate FSOT CT computed tomography; FSOT frontal sinus outflow tract. Type 3 frontal cell. Rezk MR, Basalious EB, Karim IA. Fig. The surgeon should also be able to differentiate on the axial scans when transition occurs from the frontal sinus to the frontal recess. The frontal process of the maxilla is the bone forming the anterior wall of the frontal recess (Figs. 6.14). 6.3 (A) The effect of a small under-pneumatized agger nasi cell (AN). 6.1 This drawing demonstrates the four lateral lamellae and the corresponding structures into which they develop. RESULTS: We present a patient with chronic sinusitis who developed a pneumocoele of her left frontal sinus with erosion into her orbit. Methods. A frontal bullar cell arises anterior and superior to the bulla and pneumatizes toward the frontal recess but does not enter the frontal sinus proper. The Preoperative Sinus CT: Avoiding a "CLOSE" Call with Surgical Complications. Thus the antero-posterior distance from the skull base to the frontal beak is largely determined by the pneumatization of the agger nasi cell (Fig. Type IV cells are completely contained in the frontal sinus without an obvious connection to the frontal recess ( Figure 5 ). This example shows the simplest anatomical configuration of the frontal recess. The interaction between the upward continuation of the uncinate and the agger nasi cell is often poorly understood. Increasing pressure stretches the optic nerve and may result in decreased arterial blood flow to the retina and subsequent loss of vision. However, when this is absent and a suprabullar recess is present, the anterior ethmoidal artery will be in the frontal recess. 6.9). The frontal bone cell extended to 3.8 mm above the nasion at 3 years of age and increased at a rate of 1.5 mm/year until 15 years of age. (2009) Radiographics : a review publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc. 29 (1): 177-95. On the left the upward continuation of the uncinate can be seen forming the roof of the agger nasi cell (white arrow). Olympus Academy – 4K ENT Surgery, Frontal Recess Dissection: Intact Bulla – Professor Simon Carney - Duration: 5:14. Agger nasi cells were present in 88.0 % of sides; frontal cell types 1 (FC1), 2 (FC2), 3 (FC3), and 4 (FC4) were present in 37.0 %, 6.3 %, 4.3 %, and 1.3 %, respectively; supraorbital ethmoid cells in 6.0 %, suprabullar cells in 37.0 %, frontal bullar cells (FBC) in 7.0 %, and interfrontal sinus septal cells in 8.6 %. The following series of CT scans and anatomical dissections illustrates this variation (Fig. 9.9). 6.19E. 6.17 shows a coronal cut through the uncinate process behind the beak. At Fig. 6.3). Olympus Australia and New Zealand 76,456 views The prevalence of the ANC, frontal cell types 1, 2, 3, and 4, frontal bullar cell (FBC), suprabullar cell, supraorbital ethmoid cell, and interfrontal sinus septal cell was 85.3%, 11.6%, 0%, 7.9%, 0%, 25.3%, 45.8%, 16.8%, and 15.3%, respectively. The scans follow the sequence A, B, C, and D. The uncinate can be seen to be pushed medially by the agger nasi cell, touching the middle turbinate before it turns more posteriorly to form the posterior wall and roof of the agger nasi and implanting on the lamina papyracea. 6.11 These left-sided operative pictures are taken of the patient in Fig. There are six embryological lamellae, or “ridges,” that form from the lateral nasal wall and give rise to important structures in the nose. In a small percentage of patients the uncinate may have no relationship with the agger nasi cell. Type 3 frontal cell with median drainage pathway. S28E). This allows the surgeon to be able to turn to the CT scan at any point during the dissection and identify the cell that is currently being dissected. In Fig. Table 6.1 Kuhn Classification of Frontal Recess and Frontal Sinus Cells. 2. To gain a functional understanding of the anatomy of the frontal recess the simplest configurations should be understood first before more complex variations are tackled. In this situation the frontal sinus will drain medial to this plate (Fig. This bone is relatively thick and normally provides significant resistance to penetration. This line (line 1) is anterior to the uncinate and one can still see the continuous ridge of bone of the beak (floor of the frontal sinus). This makes it simple to differentiate the frontal sinus (above the beak) from the frontal recess. 6.5 The right anterior ethmoidal artery is on a mesentery (white arrow). 6.19D the nasion is fully developed and the frontal beak bone is thick. MT, middle turbinate. Check for errors and try again. fossa) are bounded by the middle turbinates (MT) and the nasal septum, and roofed by the cribriform plate. In most cases the uncinate/medial wall of agger nasi cell implants on the lamina papyracea. Note that the three-dimensional building block reconstructions have been done in the anteroposterior (coronal) and parasagittal planes. Fig. The lateral wall of the frontal recess is formed by the lamina papyracea and the posterior wall by the upward continuation of the anterior face of the bulla ethmoidalis. Fig. The broken line indicates the position of the parasagittal scan. 6.2). CONCLUSIONS: This is one of the largest collections of data on frontal sinus cells as predictors of frontal sinus disease. Frontal cells are additional subsets of frontal recess cells, which like the agger nasi cell, comprise a portion of the anterior margin of the frontal recess. The white arrow indicates the remaining roof of the agger nasi cell. Fig. 6.4 A cadaveric image taken of the left fovea ethmoidalis demonstrating the anterior ethmoidal artery (AEA) and nerve (AEN) leaving the orbit and travelling in a 45-degree angle from lateral to medial along the skull base. To identify the prevalence of frontal recess cells and their relation to frontal sinus disease. Results: The prevalence of the ANC, frontal cell types 1, 2, 3, and 4, frontal bullar cell (FBC), suprabullar cell, supraorbital ethmoid cell, and interfrontal sinus septal cell was 85.3%, 11.6%, 0%, 7.9%, 0%, 25.3%, 45.8%, 16.8%, and 15.3%, respectively. The diagonally shaded area in Figs. type 2 (~19%): two or more air cells above the agger nasi cell. Early in the fetal development these lamellae fuse to form four lamellae. Such a 3D picture allows the surgeon to plan a surgical approach to the frontal recess so that each cell in the frontal recess can be entered in a predetermined sequential manner and then removed. O'Brien WT, Hamelin S, Weitzel EK. The medial wall of the frontal recess is formed by the lateral wall of the olfactory fossa. In a small percentage of patients the uncinate may have no relationship with the agger nasi cell. This is rare and only present in 15% of the population. The agger nasi cell is the most anterior ethmoidal cell and is present in 93% of people.12 The agger nasi cell forms a bulge on the lateral nasal wall anterior to the middle turbinate (Fig. This is the transition stage from frontal sinus to frontal recess (Fig. Fig. Attachment of the Uncinate to the Skull Base The third scenario involves the further upward continuation of the uncinate onto the skull base. The frontal sinus ostium (FS) can be seen. This relationship can be viewed in Figs. fossa) are bounded by the middle turbinates (MT) and the nasal septum, and roofed by the cribriform plate. 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