OBJECTIVES: Specific information addressing the management of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) fistulas that originate from within the sphenoid sinus remains scant. The objective of this study was to review the cause and management of CSF rhinorrhea arising from the sphenoid sinus. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: This is a retrospective chart review of 12 cases of CSF rhinorrhea arising from the sphenoid sinus that occurred in 11 patients. All patients were treated at a single institution between 1994 and 1999. RESULTS: All patients were managed surgically with sphenoid sinus fat obliteration using an endoscopic sublabial, transseptal approach. This approach was successful for all 12 cases, with median duration of follow-up of 18 months. CONCLUSIONS: Endoscopically assisted transseptal repair of CSF fistulas that originate within the sphenoid sinus offers an alternate approach to previously described methods of repair in this region. Advantages include wide access to the entire sphenoid sinus, improved access to laterally pneumatized regions within the sphenoid sinus, and rostral mucosal closure over the repair within the sinus.
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