Background: Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak that occurred in the lateral sphenoid sinus is a rare and difficult case. This paper aims to report a case of defect closure in the lateral recess of the sphenoid sinus endoscopically with a transpterygoid approach. Case presentation: A 38-year-old Indonesian woman reported a CSF leak, and identified a defect in the lateral recess of the left sphenoid sinus. CSF leak was repaired with endoscopic transethmoid-pterygoid or transpterygoid endoscopic surgery and no CSF leak was found. The surgical procedure was successful even though it was only performed by an otorhinolaryngologist. Discussion: Endoscopic transethmoid-pterygoid or transpterygoid endoscopic surgery is effective in repairing defects in the lateral recess of the sphenoid sinus in which surgical procedure is performed by a single otorhinolaryngologist. Conclusion: Endoscopic transpterygoid approach gained access to lateral site of sphenoid sinus was an effective approach in managing CSF leak of lateral sphenoid recess. Closure of the defect using a bone graft and mucosa of the middle turbinate was proven to be effective. It had been carried out successfully in Indonesia.
- Cerebrospinal fluid leak
- Lateral sinus sphenoid
- Rhinology disease
- Transethmoid-pterygoid endoscopy