Minimally invasive transnasal approach to infratemporal fossa abscess

K. Nomura, H. Hidaka, Y. Takata, Y. Katori

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)


Background: Infratemporal fossa abscess following odontogenic infection is not rare, and usually occurs as a sequela of dental disease. Infratemporal fossa abscess was previously treated with the combination of buccal incision and temporal incision, or via a transoral approach. Method: This paper reports a case of infratemporal fossa abscess in a 51-year-old female. Results: The abscess was drained transnasally via an endoscopic modified medial maxillectomy approach, preserving the inferior turbinate and nasolacrimal duct. The pain remitted the next day and trismus had diminished in one week. Conclusion: The transnasal approach with endoscopic modified medial maxillectomy is a direct, minimally invasive method that provides a direct field of view for drainage of infratemporal fossa abscess. This approach is recommended for infratemporal fossa abscess.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)812-816
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Laryngology and Otology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Aug 7


  • Abscess
  • Dental Caries
  • Endoscopy
  • Infection
  • Skull Base

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


Dive into the research topics of 'Minimally invasive transnasal approach to infratemporal fossa abscess'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this