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Doctor insights on: Ethmoid Sinus Disease Symptoms

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Dr. James Lin
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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 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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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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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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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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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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My CT scan showed sphenoid and ethmoid chronic sinus disease. As well as a deviated septum with spurring. Will I need surgery to cure this?

My CT scan showed sphenoid and ethmoid chronic sinus disease. As well as a deviated septum with spurring. Will I need surgery to cure this?

Perhaps: If the sinusitis failed to clear after a 3-week course of abx and at least a week of oral steroid, surgery may be the only option especially when obstruction of drainage is noted. ...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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What medicine would help with ethmoid sinusitis and mucus in frontal sinus and sphenoid. Mri findings. Symptoms eye pain, leftside headaches.?

What medicine would help with ethmoid sinusitis and mucus in frontal sinus and sphenoid. Mri findings. Symptoms eye pain, leftside headaches.?

Antibiotics: You should be under the care of an ENT who can properly persribe the right antibiotics. Sometimes oral steroids are necessary. Along with the perscription medicine (not instead of) one may add Mucinex (guaifenesin) d and a salt water rinse. ...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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My MRI shows severe mucoperiosteal thickening in the right ethmoid air cell. Could this be causing severe sinus headaches?

My MRI shows severe mucoperiosteal thickening in the right ethmoid air cell. Could this be causing severe sinus headaches?

Mri: Good question. If the inflammation is enough to block the sinus openings, it may cause headaches on that same side. One treatment may be an OTC steroid nasal spray ...Read more

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Can a septal spur cause excessive mucus secretions and/or sinus problems? Particularly of the ethmoid sinuses?

Can a septal spur cause excessive mucus secretions and/or sinus problems? Particularly of the ethmoid sinuses?

Possible: Any anatomical deformity may affect sinus drainage, hence create sinus problems, need to consult an ENT. ...Read more

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Is image guided sinus surgery a standard recommendation for ethmoid mucocele for someone who's had previous rhinoplasty?

Is image guided sinus surgery a standard recommendation for ethmoid mucocele for someone who's had previous rhinoplasty?

No: Image guidance can be helpful though, particularly if the mucocele is in the superior or posterior ethmoid, or there has been previous sinus surgery. Rhinoplasty history should not be a factor. ...Read more

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Had an MRI done everything normal mostly except mild ethmoid air cell and bilateral maxillary sinus thickening but don't get sinus headaches explain?

Had an MRI done everything normal mostly except mild ethmoid air cell and bilateral maxillary sinus thickening but don't get sinus headaches explain?

Mild mucosal: Thickening of the sinuses is a common incidental MRI finding that is often seen in patients with no symptoms. If you are not having symptoms, it is likely of no significance and requires no treatment. ...Read more

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Plz explain. Minimal to mild chronic appearing paranasal sinus inflammatory changes. Mildly increased ethmoid air cells. No acute sinusitis or osseous changes.

Plz explain. Minimal to mild chronic appearing paranasal sinus inflammatory changes. Mildly increased ethmoid air cells. No acute sinusitis or osseous changes.

Sinusitis: It usually means that you a lingering mild chronic inflammation in your sinuses often associated with allergies. It usually is self limiting but if you are having bothersome symptoms would try a nasal spray such as Flonase ...Read more

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How do they clean out maxillary/frontal/ethmoid sinuses during sinus clean-out w/ septoplasty? Drill? Vacuum?

Sinus: Great question. Its done through your nose with a variety of instruments including ones that cut bone and suctions to remove inflammation. ...Read more

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How long will sinus surgery take for ethmoid mucocele and turbinate reduction? Hour? Saline spray necessary post surgery?

How long will sinus surgery take for ethmoid mucocele and turbinate reduction? Hour? Saline spray necessary post surgery?

An hour or less: If only one side then less than an hour. The mucocele usually has done most of the work and just needs to be opened unless the frontal is also involved. Definitely recommend saline rinses afterward as you will feel less congested and postop cleaning will be easier. ...Read more

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Minor Musocal thickening within the left frontal sinus, the ethmoid air cells and right maxillary atrium found in MRI scan, have bad frontal headaches?

Minor Musocal thickening within the left frontal sinus, the ethmoid air cells and right maxillary atrium found in MRI scan, have bad frontal headaches?

Mucosal thickening: What you are describing is completely normal with incidental finding of mucosal thickening on MRI. It is very common to see mild sinus mucosal thickening on MRI. It is not diagnostic of sinus infection or sinus obstruction. The cause of your headache is unlikely to be related to your sinuses. ...Read more

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Ent recommended surgery for: posterior left ethmoid mucocele with some bone demineralization. Are sinus mucoceles generally surgically removed?

Ent recommended surgery for: posterior left ethmoid mucocele with some bone demineralization. Are sinus mucoceles generally surgically removed?

Yes: Sinus mucoceles are generally removed surgically, as opposed to mucous retention cysts, which usually resolve on their own. ...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

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