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Article
August 1941

MUCOCELE OF THE FRONTAL SINUS: REPORT OF A CASE

Arch Otolaryngol. 1941;34(2):321-339. doi:10.1001/archotol.1941.00660040347009
Abstract

Although mucocele of the frontal sinus was not dealt with as a problem in therapeutics in authoritative medical literature earlier than the eighteenth century, this pathologic condition must have existed in ancient times. An interesting bit of writing indicating this is the description by Boenninghaus1 of a skull discovered by him among the thousands ornately arranged on the walls of the famous chapel at Tscherbeney, built entirely of human bones. Boenninghaus made a careful examination of this skull. He found the bone structure large and strong, with the teeth for the most part absent; the skull appeared to be that of a person of middle age. The cranial capsule was perfectly preserved. A large part of the anterior wall of the frontal sinus was absent. In the cerebral wall of the left frontal sinus was a roundish defect, approximately 1 cm. in diameter. From these and other observations Boenninghaus concluded

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