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VOLUME 15 , ISSUE 2 ( May-August, 2023 ) > List of Articles


Gossypiboma Mimicking Maxillary Sinusitis: A Unique Case Report

Shantanu Tandon

Keywords : Case report, Gossypiboma, Foreign body, Maxillary sinus

Citation Information : Tandon S. Gossypiboma Mimicking Maxillary Sinusitis: A Unique Case Report. Int J Otorhinolaryngol Clin 2023; 15 (2):79-80.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10003-1459

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 21-12-2023

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2023; The Author(s).


Background: Gossypiboma (foreign body granuloma) is a rare clinical presentation, especially in the maxillary sinus, and may be seen after transnasal procedures but is an uncommon foreign body in the maxillary sinus after dental procedures. Case description: A 24-year-old female presented with symptoms suggestive of sinonasal disease. Intraoperatively, a foreign body composed of a cotton ball was incidentally found in the left maxillary sinus and intraoperative findings were histopathologically compatible with foreign body reaction around the cotton ball. Conclusion: Gossypibomas are rare and hard to diagnose, and usually asymptomatic. In chronic cases, it does not reveal any specific radiological or clinical signs for diagnosis but must be considered in patients with a history of dental procedures. Clinical significance: Although imaging is suggestive of sinusitis, a localized disease with a history of dental procedures, should raise a high index of suspicion to rule out foreign body granuloma, for desired clinical and surgical outcomes.

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