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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


Abstract

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.

Keywords:
Frontal sinus, Personal identification, PA cephalogram