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Doctor insights on: Ethmoid Sinus Cyst

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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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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What is ethmoid sinus mucosal disease?

What is ethmoid sinus mucosal disease?

Between the eyes: The ethmoid sinuses are between the eyes and are commonly the result of viral and or bacterial infections starting in the nose. The answer to your question is the ethmoid sinuses are infected and the lining membrane is thickened. The only method to prove your diagnosis is with a cat scan of the sinuses. ...Read more

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What is mucoperiosteal thickening of ethmoid sinus?

What is mucoperiosteal thickening of ethmoid sinus?

Sinusitis: Thickening of the lining of the sinuses, the mucoperiostium, is CT scan finding indicating inflammation of the sinuses. The ethmoid sinuses are the sinuses between the eyes. ...Read more

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Mucoperiosteal thickening within the ethmoid sinus, what to do?

Meds, maybe surgery: This finding on CT is indicative of sinus inflammation. This may be controllable with medical therapy, including antibiotics, steroids, alllergy treatment. When this fails, sinus surgery may be the best option. ...Read more

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What decongestant, nasal spray and antibiotic should I take for mild ethmoid sinus disease?

What decongestant, nasal spray and antibiotic should I take for mild ethmoid sinus disease?

Sinus disease: This is a complex question and it depends on the severity of your symptoms and if this is a chronic problem. Chronic sinusitis is best treated with saline nasal washes. You should see your doctor if this is an acute problem for proper treatment ...Read more

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Husband's cat scan showed bilateral ethmoid sinus disease and mild right maxillary sinus disease. He went by ambulance to hospital from a case of sev?

Husband's cat scan showed bilateral ethmoid sinus disease and mild right maxillary sinus disease. He went by ambulance to hospital from a case of sev?

Unclear question: The reported CT scan findings do not seem particularly serious, but without more details - and a question that isn't cut off - cannot provide any insight into further actions. ...Read more

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Recent CT scan show mucosal thickening in ethmoid sinus. Have balloon sinuplasty scheduled, but curious....symptoms onset coincided with starting to use a Fitibit. Any possibility that they are related (i.e. medial nerve irritant)? Or coincidence?

Recent CT scan show mucosal thickening in ethmoid sinus. Have balloon sinuplasty scheduled, but curious....symptoms onset coincided with starting to use a Fitibit. Any possibility that they are related (i.e. medial nerve irritant)? Or coincidence?

Detective work: To decide whether or not facial sinus symptoms are related to getting a Fitbit or merely coincidental requires detective work. What changed in one's life after getting the Fitbit? If one started exercising with others, that would mean more exposures to potential upper respiratory infections. If one started walking or running outdoors, that means more exposures to airborne allergens and irritants. ...Read more

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Can a retention cyst in the max sinus. Amuse unilateral ptopsis? Moderate thickening of several of the ethmoid cells?? What does this all mean.

Can a retention cyst in the max sinus. Amuse unilateral ptopsis? Moderate thickening of several of the ethmoid cells?? What does this all mean.

Possibly: Sounds as though you've had a study to evaluate this and so clearly the doctor who ordered the study should be answering your questions. Any of us would only be guessing on this small fragment of information. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can a Mucous Retention Cyst in the inferior aspect of the left max sinus cause unilateral ptosis? CT also shows thickening of several ethmoid air cell

Can a Mucous Retention Cyst in the inferior aspect of the left max sinus cause unilateral ptosis? CT also shows thickening of several ethmoid air cell

No: No, very unlikely. Mucous retention cysts in the sinuses are very common. The ethmoid thickening is also unlikely to cause the issue. I would look for another reason for the ptosis. ...Read more

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Brain MRI reveals complete opacification of the bilateral frontal and ethmoid sinus, otherwise normal, could this be cause of daily head pressure?

Brain MRI reveals complete opacification of the bilateral frontal and ethmoid sinus, otherwise normal, could this be cause of daily head pressure?

Quite possibly: MRI findings suggest sinusitis, probably chronic, depending on duration of symptoms. Discuss with FP or ENT ways of alleviating symptoms—decongestants + NSAID, for example. But ENT may suggest surgery to widen openings to sinuses to promote better drainage. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with ethmoid sinus disease by CT scan. I was also dx with high blood pressure. Started Bystolic (nebivolol) one week ago. Can this sinus condition?

I was diagnosed with ethmoid sinus disease by CT scan. I was also dx with high blood pressure. Started Bystolic (nebivolol) one week ago. Can this sinus condition?

Ethmoid Sinusitis: Hello, the CT shows that you have sinusitis which has many causes however a sinusitis directly resulting from bystolic (nebivolol) BP medication I don't think has been reported. Things you can do to help resolve the sinusitis is saline sinus rinse 2x/day BEFORE using an over the counter nasal steroid spray like Nasacort, Flonase or Rhinacort. I usually recommend ibuprofen as well. If no improvement, see ENT. ...Read more

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How do you treat a sinus cyst?

How do you treat a sinus cyst?

Mayneed no treatment: An asymptomatic sinus retention cyst may need no treatment. Best to consult your otolayngologist for review of your xray so appropriate diagnosis is made. ...Read more

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What causes maxillary sinus and ethmoid mucossl disease?

Allergy/infection: Could be allergy and / or infection. Best to see your otlaryngologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Cysts and polyps in sinus cavities, do I get surgery?

Cysts and polyps in sinus cavities, do I get surgery?

Depends: If they are large enough to give you symptoms of pain and pressure or tooth related pain or affect the ability of the sinuses to drain properly then it might be something to consider discussing your options with an ENT doc or oral/maxillofacial surgeon. If you decide to have them surgically removed be sure to request that the tissue is biopsied. ...Read more

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Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes a cyst in your sphenoid sinus?

Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes a cyst in your sphenoid sinus?

Retention cyst: Retention cysts are found often on MRI scans of the brain. These cysts are usually benign incidental findings that arise from the mucosa in the sinus. When they get large, they can cause some headache from irritation of the surrounding structures. In the abscence of a history of infection with drainage, the cause of these cysts is debated. Treatment is usually conservative. ...Read more

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Had tonsils removed along with a cyst in my left sinus 5 days ago. What should I expect over the next few weeks?

Post surgery: Tonsillectomy in adults results in a significant sore throat after surgery with possible low grade fever, ear pain, and bad breath. Be sure to keep drinking a lot of fluids and do not get dehydrated. The removal of the sinus cyst may cause some nasal congestion and a little blood drainage from the nostril for a week or so. Contact your doctor if you have any significant bleeding or fever. ...Read more

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I have a mucous sinus cyst, experencing sorness on my palate same side as sinus cyst is it norm 4 this to happen wiv this medical problem x thanks?

Usually not: Mucous cysts called mucous retention phenomena (they aren't true cysts) usually don't cause a problem unless they are so large that they block the drainage from your sinus to your nose. Soreness of your palate needs to be evaluated by an oral ; maxillofacial surgeon to determine if there is a connection or something else going on. If you have a ct of your sinuses show it to the oral surgeon. ...Read more

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Is operation necessary for treating cyst in the sinus cavity. Can I avoid operation? If not, which type I should prefer traditional or endoscopic?

Is operation necessary for treating cyst in the sinus cavity. Can I avoid operation? If not, which type I should prefer traditional or endoscopic?

Surgery not required: Most cyst in the sinus are called mucus retention cyst and are benign. They rarely cause a problem and can just be observed. However, it's best you have an ENT review a sinus ct scan with you to see if it could be causing any symptoms you may be having. ...Read more

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I have pilondial sinus and cyst, how long can I live with it, I had it for 5 years. I heard the surgery is leaving a large open wound? What do I do?

I have pilondial sinus and cyst, how long can I live with it, I had it for 5 years. I heard the surgery is leaving a large open wound? What do I do?

Surgery the best: The pilonidal will slowly increase and become more bothersome and harder to cure as you delay. Get it operated on now and it will be over and done with ...Read more

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I may have a cyst on my tonsil what can I do at home to help it some yellowish stuff came out it last night. It first appeared during my sinus infecti?

I may have a cyst on my tonsil what can I do at home to help it some yellowish stuff came out it last night. It first appeared during my sinus infecti?

Gargle: If you have debris coming off a tonsil, drink more fluids and gargle several times every day. If symptoms persist, see an ent. ...Read more

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Sinus cyst, but why is it making my palate so sore?

Sinus cyst, but why is it making my palate so sore?

Referred Pain: Your maxillary sinuses are located adjacent to your palate. An irritation on the floor of the sinus can manifest itself as pain either in your palate or your maxillary teeth. ...Read more

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What is the procedure on draining a sinus cyst?

What is the procedure on draining a sinus cyst?

Surgery: Very common to have cysts such as mucus retention cysts in the sinuses. If you perform a sinus ct scan on healthy, asymptomatic people about 39% will demonstrate incidental findings such as cysts. When problematic these are drained via endoscopic sinus surgery. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a pilonidal cyst or pilonidal sinus?

How can I tell if I have a pilonidal cyst or pilonidal sinus?

Cyst or sinus: You are lucky, if you don't have a pilonidal infecrion. The cysts are closed, round sack and the sinus has an opening on the skin. Both can become infected. With infection a surgical drainage is required. Before infection you have a choice to observe or elective surgery to remove. ...Read more

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Can ethmoid and sphenoid sinus diesease be cured with medication?

Can ethmoid and sphenoid sinus diesease be cured with medication?

Depends: Its sounds although you have intractable sinus disease. Given your prior hx:
bilateral medial turbinectomies. Resection of medial walls, of both maxillary sinuses, and a partial ethmoidectony; you might need surgical intervention but I would ask your physician. ...Read more

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How is a maxillary sinus cyst removed surgically? Is it painful afterwards?

How is a maxillary sinus cyst removed surgically? Is it painful afterwards?

Why bother?: I can't see image well. Most ENT's I know don't remove maxillary "retention" cysts, unless the think it is cancerous, eroding into bone, or causing infections or pressure by blocking the drainage (OMC obstruction). They are not believed to be painful themselves. Can do surgery through the nostril, or under upper lip. ...Read more

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Mucocele sinus cyst and my gum on same side is blue-ish? Is this normal? Thanks

Mucocele sinus cyst and my gum on same side is blue-ish? Is this normal? Thanks

A mucocele: Is typically credited with a "bluish" color due to the trapped salivary discharge under the thin mucosal tissue. Consult with your dentist or an oral surgeon about this to be sure and to have treatment recommendations for your consideration. ...Read more

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Next week im having sinus surgery to remove cyst what can I expect type of surgery.?

Next week im having sinus surgery to remove cyst what can I expect type of surgery.?

Surgeon: You should absolutely ask that of your surgeon. There are many techniques of sinus surgery resulting in different expectations. ...Read more

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Reoccurring cysts all over body, 3 pilonidal sinus in a year. Prone to getting sick with anything that's. What could it be? Feeling generally sick

No Easy Answer: What you are describing sounds serious enough to warrant a visit to your doctor. If you are having cysts in the skin, you might be best served by first visiting a dermatologist. There are many conditions that manifest with cysts in the skin in addition to several of the other symptoms you are describing. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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How does a surgeon remove a maxillary sinus cyst?

How does a surgeon remove a maxillary sinus cyst?

Often unnecessary.: Most maxillary sinus cysts are benign and are only found on routine xray examination. They are usually mucous in origin and rarely is the removal recommended. If recommended the procedure involves an incision in the muccobuccal fold area and an entry into the sinus is made with a drill. The cyst is curetted-incision is closed.
Minor if any discomfort. An office procedure. ...Read more

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What is a small retention cyst in the left maxillary sinus?

What is a small retention cyst in the left maxillary sinus?

Mucus cyst of sinus: A mucus retention cyst is a common variant seen on ct scans. This is mucus trapped under the mucus membrane lining the sinus. This creates a raised cyst in the sinus typically with no symptoms. Most of the time, no intervention is needed. ...Read more

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What should I do to relieve my sinus headache I have a sinus cyst?

What should I do to relieve my sinus headache I have a sinus cyst?

See below: A sinus cyst may develop as a result of a sinus infection. To relive sinus headaches you should make sure there is no underlying allergy. Skin testing would be helpful. Medicines to reduce a sinus headache/allergies include steroid nasal sprays, antihistamines, mucinex, (guaifenesin) decongestants if there is no high blood pressure, and saline sprays. ...Read more

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Can a polyp or retention cyst in the maxillary sinus cause imbalance?

Can a polyp or retention cyst in the maxillary sinus cause imbalance?

Possible but rare: Polyps or cysts in the maxillary sinuses are very common. Unless they are obstructing the opening to the sinus, they are completely benign and nothing should be done, especially surgery. If it blocks the opening, a simple endoscopic surgery can remove the blockage and improve symptoms. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a maxillary sinus cysts (2.5 cm) and a possible (2.5cm) sinus polyp?

What's the difference between a maxillary sinus cysts (2.5 cm) and a possible (2.5cm) sinus polyp?

The difference is: A "maxillary cyst" likely refers to a maxillary retention cyst arising. Domeshape, from the floor of the maxillary sinus. Benign, asymptomatic, usually self limited, requiring not treatment.
A "sinus polyp" is likely related to nasal polyps. Usually the "sinus polyp" is accompanied by other polyps of the nose or ethmoid sinuses. Nasal polyps include nasal congestion, sinusitis, decreased smell. ...Read more

Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more