What Is a Maxillary Antrostomy?

The maxillary sinuses are located right behind your cheekbones. In adults, these are the sinuses where an infection usually occurs. Your maxillary sinuses drain into your nose about one-half inch below the corners of your eyes. This area of your nose is called the osteomeatal complex.

Located behind the cheekbones, the maxillary sinuses are the sinuses most often infected in adults.

Detail - Located behind the cheekbones, the maxillary sinuses are the sinuses most often infected in adults.

When this part of your nose is blocked, the maxillary sinuses no longer drain properly and infection can develop. Often, the sinus opening itself becomes blocked, too. The procedure to clear the sinus opening is called a maxillary antrostomy. The procedure to clear the osteomeatal complex is called an uncinectomy. Usually, both are performed together.

In rare cases, a maxillary antrostomy doesn’t help drain the maxillary sinus completely. Or there may be diseased tissue that can’t be removed in this way. If so, your surgeon may need to create a new drainage pathway between the maxillary sinus and the nose (a Caldwell-Luc procedure).

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 22 Sep 2010

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