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What is "nasal congestion" and a "retention cyst"?

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Dr. Thomas Benda, jr
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 34 years experience
Findings on CT?: It sounds like you are reading the findings on a sinus ct.. Nasal congestion would usually refer to swelling of the turbinates, projections inthe nose that help humidify the nose. A retention cyst in the sinus is generally a benign mass that causes no problems. If an ENT ordered the scan you want his interpretation, as the radiologist doesn't always understand everything we are looking for.
Dr. Thomas Josa
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Explained: To some people it means a combination of symptoms in the nose including runny nose but to physicians nasal congestion refers to obstruction of air flow most commonly due to swelling of the mucous membranes in the nose. A mucous retention cyst is a common finding in CT scans of the sinuses and is most often of no clinical consequence.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What is nasal congestion and retention cyst? Are they related?

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Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Not necessarily: Nasal congestion implies that the nasal lining is swollen impeding airflow. A mucus retention cyst occurs when the outflow of mucus is impeded resulting in a cyst containing the mucus and this is typically in the maxillary sinus. They can occur coincidently or independently.

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