Clinical and radiologic features of fungal diseases of the paranasal sinuses

Ahmet Turan Ilica, Mahmud Mossa-Basha, Fernando Maluf, Izlem Izbudak, Nafi Aygun

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OBJECTIVE: To document the clinical and imaging characteristics of fungal rhinosinusitis (FRS). METHODS: Imaging studies of 28 patients with FRS were retrospectively analyzed, considering the type of fungal disease, location, signal characteristics, bone changes, expansion, and extrasinus extension. RESULTS: Acute invasive FRS showed unilateral pacifications of the sinonasal cavity, perisinus fat infiltration and/or bone destruction. Chronic invasive FRS demonstrated masslike hyperattenuating soft tissue, with bony destruction. The soft tissue changes were hypointense on T1 and markedly hypointense on T2-weighted images. In allergic FRS, hyperattenuating soft tissue causing paranasal expansion due to allergic mucin was observed on CT. Fungus ball presented as a hyperattenuating lesion with calcifications within a single sinus. CONCLUSION: The radiological features of each type of FRS are distinctive and should afford a specific diagnosis in the proper clinical setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)570-576
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of computer assisted tomography
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2012


  • allergic fungal sinusitis
  • fungal rhinosinusitis
  • fungus ball

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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