new icn messageflickr-free-ic3d pan white
Sinuses | by NIAID
Back to photostream

Sinuses

In humans, there are four pairs of cavities (air-filled spaces) known as paranasal sinuses. These small hollow spaces, which are located within the skull or bones of the head surrounding the nose, are named for the bones that contain them, as follows:

 

Frontal sinuses over the eyes in the brow area

Maxillary sinuses inside each cheekbone

Ethmoid sinuses just behind the bridge of the nose, between the eyes

Sphenoid sinuses behind the ethmoids in the upper region of the nose and behind the eyes

 

The paranasal sinuses open into the nasal cavity and are lined with cells that make mucus to keep the nose from drying out during breathing and to trap unwanted materials so that they do not reach the lungs. Credit: NIAID

  

19,256 views
4 faves
3 comments
Taken on June 2, 2011