Comparison of Histopathological and CT Findings in Experimental Rabbit Sinusitis

Ozcan, K. Murat; Ozcan, Ibrahim; Selcuk, Adin; Akdogan, Ozgur; Gurgen, Seren Gulsen; Deren, Tagmac; Koparal, Suha; Ozogul, Candan; Dere, Huseyin
January 2011
Indian Journal of Otolaryngology & Head & Neck Surgery;Jan2011, Vol. 63 Issue 1, p56
Academic Journal
The aim of this study was to investigate and compare histopathological and computerized tomographic (CT) findings of experimental acute sinusitis in an animal model. The noses of five healthy rabbits were inoculated with a gelatin sponge impregnated with a solution containing Staphylococcus aureus, and one healthy rabbit acted as the control. The animals were sacrificed on the tenth day, following the acquisition of paranasal CT scans. Specimens were obtained from the lateral nasal walls, and the ethmoid and maxillary sinuses of the animals for histopathological examination. Histopathological and CT findings were compared. Various degrees of epithelial disorganization, foci of ruptured epithelial cells, and inflammatory cell infiltration in the lamina propria were seen in the histopathological examinations of the five study rabbits, and mucosal thickening and soft tissue density were noted in their CTs. There was no correlation between the histopathological and CT findings. It was shown that CT did not reflect the acute changes in the sinus mucosa. Patients with chronic sinusitis must be evaluated for a chronic process. Computerized tomographic scans should not be obtained in acute sinusitis cases. In this way, both unnecessary radiation exposure and economic waste can be avoided.


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