PREVALENCE & IMPACT OF MAXILLARY SINUS INCIDENTAL FINDINGS IN CONE-BEAM COMPUTERIZED TOMOGRAPHY A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW
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Objective: Applications of Cone-beam computerized tomography (CBCT) have increased dramatically in dentistry. Incidental findings (IFs) beyond the area of interest may be encountered. The maxillary sinus incidental findings in CBCT were considered the highest in the literature. This systematic review aims to analyze present literature on IFs in the maxillary sinus using CBCT Methods: Electronic databases was searched for studies on the maxillary sinus incidental findings in CBCT to assess the prevalence and significance of the incidental findings. Results: The initial search retrieved 239 abstracts, of which only 9 studies met the inclusion criteria. The sample size ranged from 34-1029 participants with a mean age of 35.4. The prevalence of incidental findings in the maxillary sinus was between 27 to 62.4%. Such findings in the maxillary sinus vary in importance and the need for intervention. The most common incidental findings were the thickening of the mucosal membrane followed by the polypoid lesion.