What is the drainage path of the sinuses?

Updated: Mar 01, 2018
  • Author: Itzhak Brook, MD, MSc; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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All sinus ostia drain into the nares at locations beneath the middle and superior turbinates. The posterior ethmoid and sphenoid sinuses drain into the superior meatus below the superior turbinate. The ostia of the maxillary, anterior ethmoid, and frontal sinuses share a common site of drainage within the middle meatus. This region is called the ostiomeatal complex and can be visualized by coronal CT scan. The common drainage pathway of the frontal, maxillary, and anterior ethmoid sinuses within the middle meatus allows relatively localized mucosal infection processes to promote infection in all these sinuses.


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