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Can a brain infection be caused by sinus infection?

Can a brain infection be caused by sinus infection?

Yes: Yes, but this not common. Evidence suggests the infection is not spread by direct extention but through the blood. Signs of brain infection include: unremitting fever, nausea, vomiting, and significant headache. In children, it is more common to have direct extension into the orbit. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Sinus (Definition)

In anatomy, a sinus is a cavity within a bone or other tissue. Most commonly found in the bones of the face and connecting with the nasal cavities. Sinus (anatomy), description of the general term paranasal sinuses, air cavities in the cranial bones, especially those near the nose, including: the maxillary sinuses, also called the maxillary antra and the largest of the ...Read more


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Will my sinus infection lead to a brain infection if left untreated?

Will my sinus infection lead to a brain infection if left untreated?

Sinus infection: Will it? Probably not. Could it. Yes but this is extremely rare. See your doctor if you have persistent sinus infectious symptoms. ...Read more

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Can sinus infection as a result of bad wisdom tooth removal job lead to brain infection? Is there barrier between the sinus and one's brain?

Can sinus infection as a result of bad wisdom tooth removal job lead to brain infection? Is there barrier between the sinus and one's brain?

Unlikely: If your upper wisdom teeth were removed, there is a possibility of communication with the floor of your maxillary sinuses. These will extend up to the lower portion of your eye socket. To get to your brain, it must then extend to your ethmoid sinuses or sphenoid sinuses. As such, extension to your brain is unlikely. ...Read more

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Can platelet count of 482 be caused by "bad" sinus infection (found on brain mri) and seasonal hayfever? Haem-.374, rcc-4.39, hameoglobin-12.5, mcv-85, mch-29.2, (iron-12, ferritin-30, %sat-17.7 in dec)

Can platelet count of 482 be caused by "bad" sinus infection (found on brain mri) and seasonal hayfever? Haem-.374, rcc-4.39, hameoglobin-12.5, mcv-85, mch-29.2, (iron-12, ferritin-30, %sat-17.7 in dec)

Maybe: That platelet count is very slightly high. It could certanly be due to the inflammation associate with a bad sinus infection. Or it could be where you normally run--it is not so high that on it's own I would be concerned. However, if it goes higher or if you ever have problems bleeding or clotting, you should consult with your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm scared my sinus infection will spread to my brain! please help me!?

Possible: Sphenoid sinusitis most likely to cause meningitis. It and frontal infections can also cause epidural and brain abscess. Ethmoid infections less likely but these can spread to orbit. Maxillary infections rarely spread. Adolescent males are at higher risk for spread of infection into brain. Worry if severe headache, fever, vomiting, stiff neck, confusion, . ...Read more

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Does my sinus infection reach my brain?

Does my sinus infection reach my brain?

No: If your sinus infection had somehow eroded through your skull and penetrated into your brain, you wouldn't be sitting at a keyboard looking at this screen. You'd be in the ICU or dead. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between a brain abscess and sinus infection?

How can I tell the difference between a brain abscess and sinus infection?

Neurological finding: The combination of headache, fever and focal neurologic findings are highly suggestive of brain abscess. Neurologic findings include trouble walking, speaking, eating and swallowing, severe memory issues, confusion, seizures and many other symptoms. Sinus infections are very common and brain abscesses extremely rare. ...Read more

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When i cough, i get a sharp pain in the right side of my brain, the cough has been persistent for over 1 week. Had a bad sinus infection before then.

When i cough, i get a sharp pain in the right side of my brain, the cough has been persistent for over 1 week. Had a bad sinus infection before then.

Not really: You cannot have a pain in your brain because the brain is completely insensitive to pain. Sinuses are outside your skull; brain is inside. And there are no sinuses on the sides of your head. Whatever the pain is, it probably has nothing to do with either your brain or your sinuses. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Keith
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more