Guest Editors Orrett Ogle and Harry Dym present a comprehensive look at surgery of the nose and paranasal sinuses. Topics include surgical anatomy of the paranasal sinuses, instrumentation and techniques for examination of the ear, nose, throat and sinuses, imaging of the paranasal sinuses, microbiology of the paranasal sinuses, surgery of the paranasal sinuses, removal of parotid, submandibular and sublingual glands, oro-antral and oro-nasal fistulas, turbinectomy and surgery for nasal obstruction, cysts and benign tumors of paranasal sinuses, tonsillitis, peritoinsilar and lateral pharyngeal abscesses, and much more!
The anatomic area treated by oral and maxillofacial surgeons is intimately related to the paranasal sinuses, and diseases that affect one area may extend to the other. In addition, the paranasal sinuses are involved in midface maxillofacial trauma as well as in orthognathic, craniofacial, and certain implant surgical procedures. Nasal anatomy and function are often altered by maxillary orthognathic surgery and function of the paranasal sinuses by trauma. For this reason, we believed that it would be a good idea for the oral and maxillofacial surgeon to become familiar with surgical procedures performed on the paranasal sinuses and indications for the procedures. This would allow us to educate our patients better on surgical options when such need arises. To cover the subject adequately, topics on surgical anatomy, radiology, physical exam, microbiology, pathology, and medical conditions such as rhinitis had to be included. We also took the editorial privilege of including closely related topics such as epistaxis and frontal sinus fractures, in addition to not so closely related topics such as an update on cancer management, throat infection, and salivary gland surgery.