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What is empty sella syndrome?

What is empty sella syndrome?

Primary ESS: Primary empty sella syndrome is the result of herniation of the arachnoid into the sella tursica causing the pituitary gland to be compressed against the floor of the sella and enlargement of the bone, resulting in an 'empty' appearance on imaging. It is more common in women and the most common symptom is headache. ...Read more

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What is primary empty sella syndrome?

What is primary empty sella syndrome?

MRI observation: Primary empty sella syndrome is a description given when a pituitary gland (which normally sits in a region called the "sella turcica") cannot be visualized on mri. This can be because the pituitary glad is small or flattened for some reason. Often no symptoms will be present, but can include headache, impotence, or nipple discharge due to changes in the hormones normally produced by the gland. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed "empty sella syndrome" what should I expect/do now?

I have been diagnosed "empty sella syndrome" what should I expect/do now?

Test and reassure: Hi. Empty sella syndrome is most often associated with normal pituitary function. You should see an endocrinologist to be tested for pituitary hormone insufficiency (and/or elevated prolactin due to pituitary stalk effects). Empty sella may be associated with increased intracranial pressure, and the "empty sella" is due to CSF pushing into the sella from above. Usually not a problem. ...Read more

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What is the difference between empty sella syndrome and migraines?

What is the difference between empty sella syndrome and migraines?

Migraines: Empty sella syndrome is a radiological diagnosis, migraines are a headache pattern and normally not related. ...Read more

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I have empty nasal syndrome, what is the best solution to keep nasal passage wet? Its getting dry and block often.

I have empty nasal syndrome, what is the best solution to keep nasal passage wet? Its getting dry and block often.

Irrigate: I assume that by saying empty nasal syndrome you mean that you have had multiple sinus surgeries and have chronic nasal crusting and dryness. Unfortunately that is a consequence of outdated sinus surgery, though at the time this was thought to be the best modality. Irrigating often with a high flow saline irrigation, much more than simple ocean spray is typically quite helpful. I like the neilmed system that can be purchased from the grocery store and is inexpensive. Seeing your physician and considering adding pulmicort, something typically used to treat asthma or emphysema by inhalation into the lungs can be quite helpful with this condition. ...Read more

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Can decongestant cause empty nose syndrome?

Can decongestant cause empty nose syndrome?

Rhinitis: Excess topical decongestant may cause long term rhinitis, swelling and septal perforation if used over 4-5 days. Oral decongestants may affect blood pressure and cardiac symptoms. Generally empty nose would be caused by excessive nasal surgical resection. ...Read more

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What is the risk of empty nose syndrome with turbinate reduction surgery?

What is the risk of empty nose syndrome with turbinate reduction surgery?

Empty nose syn: Empty nose syndrome is also called ozena and is characterized by an extremely dry nose with nasal crusting. If the surgeon is careful and just concentrates on the inferior turbinates and does a sun mucosal resection with and out fracture of the inferior turbinates, it is unlikely to happen. I have done hundreds or these surgeries and have not had one case of ozena. Good luck. ...Read more