Original Research| Volume 110, P7-11, April 2023

Supraorbital ethmoid cells (SOECs), anterior ethmoid artery notch and ethmoid roof relation in PNSCT


      • SOEC type 2 was the most detected type (71.3%).
      • In more pneumatized SOEC presence, AEA notch-ethmoid roof distance increases.
      • The surgeons should be more careful not to damage AEA in well-pneumatized SOECs (SOEC Type 3).



      We investigated supraorbital ethmoid cell (SOEC) presence and types in paranasal sinus computed tomography (PNSCT).


      The PNSCT images of 188 adult patients (93 males and 95 females) were evaluated as SOEC group (n = 87 sides), and non-SOEC group (n = 289 sides, control). In both groups, anterior ethmoid artery (AEA) notch-ethmoid roof distance and presence of AEA canal were evaluated. In the SOEC group, SOEC types (type 1 to 3) and SOEC angle are also examined.


      SOEC was detected in 87 sides (23.13 %). SOEC type 2 was the most detected type (71.3 %). AEA notch-ethmoid roof distance of the SOEC group was significantly higher than those in the non-SOEC group. AEA notch-ethmoid roof distance of the SOEC Type 3 group was significantly higher than SOEC Type 2 group. AEA notch-ethmoid roof distance was 3.74 ± 1.81 mm in the SOEC group and 0.68 ± 1.16 mm in the non-SOEC group. When SOEC types were considered, this distance was 5.29 ± 2.66 mm in type 3, 3.35 ± 1.35 mm in type 2 and 3.48 ± 0.92 mm in type 1. In higher SOEC types, SOEC angle; and AEA notch-ethmoid roof distance increased.


      In more pneumatized SOEC presence, SOEC angle increase, and AEA notch-ethmoid roof distance increases, AEA runs inferiorly in the ethmoid cells and freely below the skull base; and is more susceptible to injury. The surgeons should be more careful not to damage AEA in the FESS when detecting well-pneumatized SOECs (SOEC Type 3).


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