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Vol 72, No 4 (2013)
ORIGINAL ARTICLES
Published online: 2013-12-09
Submitted: 2013-06-10
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Association between frontal sinus development and persistent metopic suture

S. Bilgin, U. H. Kantarcı, M. Duymus, C. H. Yildirim, B. Ercakmak, G. Orman, C. Gunenc Beser, M. Kaya, M. Gok, A. Akbasak
DOI: 10.5603/FM.2013.0051
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Folia Morphol 2013;72(4):306-310.

open access

Vol 72, No 4 (2013)
ORIGINAL ARTICLES
Published online: 2013-12-09
Submitted: 2013-06-10
Accepted: 2013-07-14

Abstract

Background: Frontal sinuses are 2 irregular cavities, placed between 2 lamina of frontal bone. Expansion continues during childhood and reaches full size after puberty. Persistent metopic suture is one of the factors that are related to abnormal frontal sinus development. In this study, we want to discuss about the coexistence of persistent metopic suture and abnormal frontal sinus development using radiological techniques.

Materials and methods: In this retrospectively planned study, images of 631 patients were examined, 217 (34.4%) of them were men and 414 (65.6%) of them were women. Brain computed tomography and magnetic resonance images were retrieved from the electronic archive for analysis.

Results: In this study, frontal sinus development is categorised as right side atrophy, left side atrophy, bilateral atrophy and bilaterally developed sinuses. The presence of metopic suture was accepted as persistent metopic suture. Frontal sinus atrophy was found in 22.7% and persistent metopic sutures were found in 9.7% of overall.

Conclusions: In this study, no significant results were detected that were relatedto the frontal sinus agenesis or dismorphism associated with persistent metopicsuture. We conclude that, although publications propounding metopism thatleads to abnormal frontal sinus development are present in the literature, noreasonable explanation has been mentioned in these articles; and we believe thatthese findings are all incidental.

Abstract

Background: Frontal sinuses are 2 irregular cavities, placed between 2 lamina of frontal bone. Expansion continues during childhood and reaches full size after puberty. Persistent metopic suture is one of the factors that are related to abnormal frontal sinus development. In this study, we want to discuss about the coexistence of persistent metopic suture and abnormal frontal sinus development using radiological techniques.

Materials and methods: In this retrospectively planned study, images of 631 patients were examined, 217 (34.4%) of them were men and 414 (65.6%) of them were women. Brain computed tomography and magnetic resonance images were retrieved from the electronic archive for analysis.

Results: In this study, frontal sinus development is categorised as right side atrophy, left side atrophy, bilateral atrophy and bilaterally developed sinuses. The presence of metopic suture was accepted as persistent metopic suture. Frontal sinus atrophy was found in 22.7% and persistent metopic sutures were found in 9.7% of overall.

Conclusions: In this study, no significant results were detected that were relatedto the frontal sinus agenesis or dismorphism associated with persistent metopicsuture. We conclude that, although publications propounding metopism thatleads to abnormal frontal sinus development are present in the literature, noreasonable explanation has been mentioned in these articles; and we believe thatthese findings are all incidental.

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Keywords

frontal sinus, atrophy, metopic suture, computed tomography imaging, magnetic resonance imaging

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Title

Association between frontal sinus development and persistent metopic suture

Journal

Folia Morphologica

Issue

Vol 72, No 4 (2013)

Pages

306-310

Published online

2013-12-09

DOI

10.5603/FM.2013.0051

Bibliographic record

Folia Morphol 2013;72(4):306-310.

Keywords

frontal sinus
atrophy
metopic suture
computed tomography imaging
magnetic resonance imaging

Authors

S. Bilgin
U. H. Kantarcı
M. Duymus
C. H. Yildirim
B. Ercakmak
G. Orman
C. Gunenc Beser
M. Kaya
M. Gok
A. Akbasak

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