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Journal of Oral Medicine, Oral Surgery, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology

Frontal Sinus- A Useful Personal Identification Tool

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Author Details: Poorva Tiwari, Thimmarasa V Bhovi, Prashant P Jaju, Manas Gupta, Kriti Shrivastava

Volume : 2

Issue : 1

Online ISSN : 2395-6194

Print ISSN : 2395-6186

Article First Page : 11

Article End Page : 22


Aim and objective: The study aimed to assess the role of frontal sinus in personal identification by co-relating variations in dimensions of frontal sinus by gender, side and age.
Methodology: A total of 160 patients (60 males and 60 females) who visited the department O.P.D. were selected for the study. Postero-anterior cephalograms were taken with the help of Cephalometric X-ray machine. Measurements were done using Digora software (SORDEX, 2.8 version).
Results: 80 females showed two cases of bilateral absence of frontal sinuses whereas no such cases were noticed in males. 2.5% males showed unilateral absence of frontal sinus at left side, 6.25% males showed absence of the frontal sinus at right side and 5.00% females showed absence of frontal sinus at right side. 2.50% males and 1.25% females showed centrally located frontal sinus. Dimensions of frontal sinuses were greater in males than females. Significant difference was observed between different age-groups for left frontal sinus height.
Conclusion: PA cephalograms of the individuals proved to be an inexpensive, simple screening system through which assessment of dimensions and morphology of the frontal sinus in individuals became an easier way.

Frontal sinus, Personal identification, PA cephalogram