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does maxillary sinusitis cause vertigo? is vertigo ever caused by sinusitis of the maxillary sinuses?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
18 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Vertigo & sinusitis: There is not a direct connection, however a bad sinus infection can sometimes put extra pressure on the ears which can contribute to dizziness. If you have recurrent sinus infections and/or severe or recurrent dizziness or vertigo you should see an ent.
Answered on Nov 2, 2014
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Dr. Farhad Sigari
19 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Maybe: A bad sinus infection can inflammation of the upper airway which includes the eustachian tube. This will lead to inadequate opening of the eustachian tube which then cause negative pressure in the middle ear space, which can affect the inner ear and balance center, ultimately causing vertigo. Although this can happen, this is not a common presentation of sinusitis. An ENT evaluation will help.
Answered on Nov 2, 2014
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Dr. David Astrachan
36 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Ver unlikely: Sinusitis doesn't cause vertigo. Sometimes, though, the virus that triggers sinusitis can lead to other symptoms including vertigo. Then the symptoms are coincident not one causing the other.
Answered on Nov 20, 2012
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