oa South African Medical Journal - Catheterization of the natural openings of the antrum of Highmore

Volume 24, Issue 23
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



A short history concerning the evolution of catheterization is presented. The applied anatomy of the lateral nasal wall is descriptionbed. The method of preparation and the technique of catheterization are outlined, including reason for failure to sound the antrum. It is statistically shown that the method has a high percentage feasibility, and is applicable in 3-4 cases out of 5. The main uses of catheterization are outlined. Reasons are advanced for superiority of plain lavage with Fischer-Bledsoe solution in accelerating recovery and preventing chronic mucosal inflammation and fibrosis.

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