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A 47-year-old female asked:

Please translate: "mucous retention cyst in right maxillary sinus. bulbous mucosal thickening of left inferior turbinate is noted. mucosal retention cyst is also noted within left aspect of nasopharynx."

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
Retention cysts: Mucus retention cysts in the sinuses are common. As many as 30-40% of asymptomatic patients will have cysts of the sinuses on ct scans. The majority of these shrink without treatment or don’t change over time. Without symptoms or complications, observation is the best course to take. Thickening of turbinates can mean anything, from allergy to anatomic variance.
Dr. David Kam
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
Antral cyst: It is a common condition related to allergic rhinitis. In general, no surgical treatment is needed unless the cyst are very large and obstructing the outflow tract of the sinus. The enlarged inferior turbinate is a result of allergy. It can be treated with medication or surgery.
Dr. Reed Day
Dr. Reed Dayanswered
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Translate: A mucous retention cyst is usually totally benign and lots of people have them. Ocassionally with alleries folks can get them. No need for intervention unless congestion is bad. Inferior turbinate is a moisture producing gland in your nose that also can get swollen due to allergies. See your ENT for evaluation.
Last updated Sep 27, 2018

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