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April 1931

MUCOCELE OF FRONTAL SINUS Its Occurrence in a Boy Aged Thirteen

Arch Otolaryngol. 1931;13(4):597-599. doi:10.1001/archotol.1931.04230030109008

In reviewing the subject of mucocele of the nasal accessory sinuses and of the frontal sinus in particular, one finds that the condition is less common than is usually thought. In 1921, Dabney1 listed 74 cases in a rather exhaustive review. In 1923, St. Clair Thomson and M'Illraith2 cited 100 cases, but apparently there was duplication in these articles.

There is a rather wide variance of opinion among writers as to the age incidence of mucocele. Garretson3 stated that the disease is manifested in late middle life, while Dabney stated that it is a disease frequently seen in youth. In the case reported here the patient, 13 years old, was younger by several years than the patient in any case mentioned in the literature reviewed.

The symptoms fall into two groups: those in which the cyst encroaches on the orbital cavity, thus causing symptoms of the eye,