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Excision Benign Maxilla Tumor Or Cyst
I have a mucous retention cyst or polyp in maxillary sinus. Is there any relation to my pituitary tumor or to the fact that I have always had a poor sense of smell?
Unrelated entities: A pituitary tumor plays no role in the development/formation of a mucous retention cyst, or a sinus polyp. These are quite common, an usually asymptomatic (unless they block the drainage from the sinus into the hiatus semilunaris or if they are occupying a large volume of the sinus) and i see them as an incidental finding on a weekly basis on radiographs of my patients. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Whoa: The vast majority of cysts / tumors / tumors that are also cysts that are benign will never turn malignant. If there is a reasonable chance that you have a mass that is or may be cancer, and it can be removed, it needs to happen, now. A few masses (notably a fibroid uterus) can be watched; rapid growth of one mass would prompt removal which is fairly safe. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Good question, but: Not always a simple answer. Some tumors form cysts. Generally a cyst is trapped fluid in a surrounding layer of non-tumor tissue. "Benign" is a complex term in the nervous system. A tumor cell type can be benign by its growth pattern (doesn't invade or "metastasize") but still a concerning problem because of where it is (on an eye nerve, for example). See ophthalmologist (not optometrist). ...Read more
Cyst & tumor differ: A cyst is defined as an open space (sac) with an epithelial lining. This space may be filled with fluid, cellular debris, empty, etc. In general, a tumor is a solid growth, but may have cystic components. They can be composed of many different cell types. In this case, both are benign, but being on the optic nerve, they could still cause problems due to compression. ...Read more
Possible bx: A cyst under the skin when palpated gives the suggestion that there might be fluid present. Placing a fine 22 gauge needle into it can define if fluid is present. Most lesions under the skin rarely are cysts but rather lipomas, fibromas , neuromas and the intial growth of desmoid like lesions. Here a biopsy or excision can resolve the problem. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: cysts of the scalp are very common. Most are sebaceous cysts which will eventually drain spontaneously. If continues to enlarge, the whole cyst with capsule should be excised. In rare instances a solid tumor can be seen. If present and if seen to enlarge excision necessary for DX and treatment. ...Read more
When I was at 18 yrs, a cyst appeared at my butt-cheek. It was left untreated. Nw i'm 23, the cyst became ping pong ball sized lump. Is a tumor(cncer)?
Either can occur: A cyst is a thin walled closed space filled with fluid. If the amt. of fluid is large the cyst can be tense and feel very firm. A tumor is a overgrowth of cells either benign or malignant For the latter a scan tissue tumor, benign or malignant is very firm while a fatty tumor even if malignant can feel very soft. Scans and bx or aspiration will define cyst from tumor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more
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