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Chronic Maxillary Sinusitis Associated with
External Sinus Lift: Report of a Case
Konstantinos Saridakis1* and Thomas Ziebart2
1Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, University Hospital of Mainz, Germany
Submission: February 23, 2017; Published: March 09, 2017
*Corresponding author: Konstantinos Saridakis, University Hospital of Mainz-Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Augustusplatz 2, Building 901, Mainz 55 131, Germany, Europe, Tel:0049 176 368 71 850; Email:konstantin.saridakis@unimedizin-.de
How to cite this article: Konstantinos S, Thomas Z. Chronic Maxillary Sinusitis Associated with External Sinus Lift: Report of a Case. Glob J Oto 2017;
002 4(5): 555650. DOI: 10.19080/GJO.2017.04.555650.
Sinus lift procedures are very commonly used in implantology. One of the major associated with this procedure complication is that of development of maxillary sinusitis. In our case report we presented a patient with chronic sinusitis after external sinus lift and multiple dental implantations in the right maxilla. Subsequently we analyzed through the preoperative diagnostics our treatment plan and its outcome. Alternative therapies were mentioned according to the literature.
Sinus floor elevation is one of the most popular procedures in the treatment of severely resorbed maxilla before insertion of dental implants after its first report over 30 years ago [1-3]. Since the first described Technique with an external osteotomy in the anterior wall of the sinus by Boyne, subsequent developments of the technique were performed. It is supposed to be a highly predictable method with more than 95% success rates [4,5]. In addition, the technique is considered to be safe, has no special technical difficulties and can be performed as well under local anesthesia. The procedure can be subdivided into various categories according to the performed technique, the type of the used graft and the time of the implant placement.
Nonetheless, like any surgical procedure, it is not without risks. Complications can cause moderate till severe problems, which involve revision of the surgery, hospitalization, and lengthy recovery time, with corresponding impact on the patient’s quality of life and even fatality . The local effect of complications can reduce the viability of the augmentation and, hence, that of the inserted implants. The most common complication is perforation of the Schneiderian membrane, which however does not show any connection to postoperative complications. Approximately 15% develops postoperative complications, including wound infection, abscess, or dehiscence with drainage, partial exposure of the simultaneous onlay graft, loss of the graft and trancient maxillary sinusitis . Previousinvestigations have reported maxillary sinusitis up to 20% of patients after sinus lift procedures (SLP) . The purpose of this article is to present a patient with a chronic sinusitis after two SLPs and multiple implantations in the maxilla.
A 60-years old female patient referred to our Clinic with an
oroantral fistula on the right side after SLP and implantation in
2008. From the anamnesis there was reported a late implantation
in 2003 alio loco with external sinus lift after trauma related to
a bicycle accident in 1980. Between the accident and the first
implantation the patient was treated with crowns and bridges.
After two years of severe facial pain she applied for removal of the
implant. In 2008 free of pain underwent a second implantation.
Since the operation mentioned increased facial pain localized at
the operated side (Figures 1 & 2).
The clinical Examination showed except the severe pain in
the region of 15 and the oroantral fistula with drain of pus, no
evidence of an acute sinusitis. The peirimplant probing depth
measurements revealed a severe periimplantitis with immediate
connection to the sinus floor. Additionally the implants 17 and
27 showed an untreatable periimplantitis with bone loss of
5mm. According to the performed trigeminal tests was no
evidence of trigeminal neuralgia. The 3D radiology examination
without contrast revealed an opaque appearance, capturing the
whole right maxillary sinus. The Patient had a medical history of
Hashimoto-thyroiditis and TIA.
Sinus lift procedure is a quite reliable technique for
augmentation the atrophic maxilla. However a perforation of the
Schneiderian membrane when is combined with a displayment
of the implant can be episodically associated to oroantral fistulae
and sinusitis . The most common mechanism of infection
after Sinus lift supports that the obstruction of the physiological
drainage through the reaction of the mucosa to a foreign body
can cause Rhinosinusitis . The edema of ostiomeatal complex
reduces the aeration of sinus giving rise to mutation of normal
flora to anaerobic. The established infection can create then a
vicious circle by enlargement of edema, less aeration and more
severe infection .
In the various experimental models is not yet defined in
which grade the extension of the implants or alloplastic material
into the sinus can cause an inflammatory reaction. It is observed
that exposion of implants in the sinus for less than 2mm is
covered spontaneously from healing mucosa . The cover
of the foreign bodies by normal mucosa can generally lead to a
normal wound healing with good prognosis . Controversially
by placement of zygomatic implants there are immense areas of foreign material remain uncovered without rising infection to
The proposed therapy option for a rhinosinusitis caused by
foreign body reaction is the surgical revision of the sinus but with
the necessity of implant removal remaining still controversial
[15,16]. The most indicated technique for the revision is FESS
(Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery), which is favored over
Caldwell-Luc because, is less invasive offering same results. In
our case through a severe periimplantitis with chronic pain and
infection of the whole maxillary sinus we decided to perform
a more radical surgery, including the removal of the located
implants in the regions 15 and 17 for avoiding a relapse.
Although sinus lift procedures considered to be safe methods
for maxilla augmentation and perforation of Schneiderian
membrane, with the appropriate treatment , has not be
proved to be a determining factor for sinusitis, there is an
impending need for conducting randomized controlled clinical
trials to test the interaction between sinus mucosa and foreign
body. In conclusion, the existing types of therapy should alwaysbe related and modified according to the situation. The presented
concept of therapy provides a secure method of treating patients
with multiple recurrent sinusitis.