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June 1959

The Paranasal Sinuses: Summaries of the Bibliographic Material Available for 1956-1957

Author Affiliations

Palm Springs, Calif.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1959;69(6):738-776. doi:10.1001/archotol.1959.00730030752017

Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, and Diagnosis  Peele1 studied the sphenoid sinuses in 139 cadavers and reports on the various anomalies in size, extensions, location of intersinus septum, ostium, and relationship to adjacent structures. Fifteen photographs are presented to illustrate some of these points. The extreme variations encountered in most of the specimens makes it almost impossible to discover a truly normal pair of sinuses. The author states that he was able to find only one that met all the requirements, namely, "two symmetrical cavities with a capacity of 5 to 7 cc., separated by a straight midline partition, which do not encroach on any of the surrounding structures and which in turn are not encroached upon by these elements, and each of which contains an ostium of 5 mm. diameter located in the upper fourth of the anterior wall about 5 mm. from the cribriform plate of the ethmoid and