It is a matter of common experience that operations on the maxillary sinus of the Caldwell-Luc or the Denker type are followed at times by anesthesia, hypesthesia or paresthesia of the cheek, upper lip or teeth on the same side. The literature on the subject is not extensive, most investigators having been concerned with ascertaining the extent of the damage to the teeth rather than with the subjective symptoms just mentioned—symptoms which are not accompanied necessarily by demonstrable evidence of injury to the nerve. Our own study was prompted, in part at least, by a recent contribution of Menzel1 on this type of complication. On the basis of some anatomic studies, the author reached the conclusion that certain of these postoperative sensory disturbances, notably those involving diminution of sensation, are due to the complete severance of the branches of the infra-orbital nerve as a result of the usual horizontal
SHAPIRO SL, FABRICANT ND, STEPHAN RM. SENSORY DISTURBANCES FOLLOWING RADICAL OPERATIONS ON THE ANTRUMS: WITH AN EVALUATION OF THE VERTICAL INCISION. Arch Otolaryngol. 1934;19(3):303–310. doi:10.1001/archotol.1934.03790030008002
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