Equis ISSN 2398-2977

Paranasal sinus: sinuscopy

Contributor(s): Christopher Brown, Graham Munroe

Introduction

  • Unilateral nasal discharge is often caused by disorders of the paranasal sinuses.
  • Definitive diagnosis may be provided by the clinical history and physical clinical examination.
  • More likely additional diagnostic techniques will be required such as radiography   Head: radiography  , nasal endoscopy   Respiratory: endoscopy  and centesis   Paranasal sinus: percutaneous centesis  .
  • Direct endoscopic examination of the sinus or sinuscopy is a useful adjunct in the evaluation of equine sinus disorders.

Uses

Advantages

  • Direct visualization of most of the structures in the paranasal sinuses.
  • Relatively non-invasive.
  • Well-tolerated in standing sedated horse.
  • Alternative to exploratory surgery   Respiratory: exploratory surgery  .

Disadvantages

  • Some limitation in surgical procedures that can be carried out.
  • Requires some specialist equipment and knowledge.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Aftercare

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Outcomes

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Prognosis

  • Depends upon primary reason for surgery.
  • Long-term cosmetic appearance is excellent.

Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Morello S L & Parente E J (2010) Laser vaporisation of the dorsal turbinate as an alternative method of accessing and evaluating the paranasal sinuses. Vet Surg 39, 891-899 PubMed.
  • Perkins J D et al (2009) Sinuscopic treatment of rostral maxillary and ventral conchal sinusitis in 60 horses. Vet Surg 38, 613-619 PubMed.
  • Perkins J D et al (2009) Comparison of sinuscopic techniques for examining the rostral maxillary and ventral conchal sinuses of horses. Vet Surg 38, 607-612 PubMed.
  • Barakzai S Z et al (2008) Trephination of the rostral maxillary sinus: efficacy and safety of two trephine sites. Vet Surg 37, 278-282 PubMed.
  • Barakzai S & Perkins J (2005) The equine paranasal sinuses - Part 3. UK Vet 10 (2), 5-11.

Other sources of information

  • Tremaine H (2007)Sinuscopy of the Paranasal Sinuses.In:Equine Respiratory Medicine and Surgery. Eds: McGorum B, Dixon P, Robinson & Schumacher J. Saunders Elsevier.


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