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VOLUME 3 , ISSUE 1 ( January-April, 2010 ) > List of Articles


Late Presentation of Transorbital Maxillary Sinus Foreign Body

C Ekambar E Reddy, Ajay Jain

Keywords : Foreign body,transorbital,maxillary sinus,complications

Citation Information : Reddy CE, Jain A. Late Presentation of Transorbital Maxillary Sinus Foreign Body. Clin Rhinol An Int J 2010; 3 (1):45-47.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10013-1027

Published Online: 01-04-2010

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2010; The Author(s).



We describe an unusual case where we found a broken pen 20 years after trauma causing cicatricial ectropion and mimicking osteomyelitis.


Case reports


A 60-year-old male presented with 6 months history of epiphora and cheek hypoesthesia after a 3 months old discharging sinus had healed causing cicatricial ectropion of left lower eyelid. He also gave history of road traffic accident 20 years ago with injury at the same site that had healed. Clinical diagnosis of maxillary sinus osteomyelitis was made and computerized tomographic (CT) scan revealed a suspicious foreign body extending from the orbit into the maxillary sinus. Infraorbital incision and endoscopic approach were used to remove the 4 cm long broken pen.


Penetrating injuries, however trivial they may appear, need to be investigated further with a CT scan to detect foreign bodies early and prevent late complications.

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