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Dr. Andrew Berry
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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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I have ear pressure bcz hyperpneumatised both frontal and maxillary sinuses.Mucosal polyp in both maxillary sinus, nasal septum deviation.Surgery need?

I have ear pressure bcz hyperpneumatised both frontal and maxillary sinuses.Mucosal polyp in both maxillary sinus, nasal septum deviation.Surgery need?

Sinusitis : Surgery is sometimes needed... See a rhinologist (an ENT sub-specialist) to sort out your options. In my practice around 15% of patients with your symptoms ultimately require surgery. Allergy , gerd , aspirin, sub-optimal medical treatment can all be to blame. If significant issues are not treated polyps can rapidly recur. I saw a patient who had undergone 63 surgeries for polyps - aspirin! ...Read more

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Treatment for bilateral maxillary and sphenoid sinusitis?

Treatment for bilateral maxillary and sphenoid sinusitis?

Sinusitis: Due to its deeper location in the skull sphenoid sinusitis requires ENT evaluation. Most likely you will need antibiotic therapy and decongestants. Surgical treatment was served for severe cases. Check with your physicians for proper diagnosis and medical treatment. ...Read more

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Headaches, nasal congestion, sinuses, facial numbness, vision problems.Did CT scan showed only mucosal thickening of bilateral sphenoid and ethmoid.

Headaches, nasal congestion, sinuses, facial numbness, vision problems.Did CT scan showed only mucosal thickening of bilateral sphenoid and ethmoid.

Chronic sinusitis : Chronic allergic rhino sinusitis can definitely be causing your symptoms. I would recommend a one month trial of daily antihistamines like Claritin (loratadine) or zyrtec and nightly sinus rinses. If your symptoms are not better i would see an ENT like me who specializes in nose/sinus surgery to discuss options. ...Read more

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Will removal of sinus polyps relieve sinus headaches?

Will removal of sinus polyps relieve sinus headaches?

Sinus polyp: Hello. Removal of sinus polyps may resolve your headaches. If your CT scan shows post obstructive inflammatory changes, then I would expect some headache relief. ...Read more

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Could sinus balloon sinuplasty surgery hurt?

Could sinus balloon sinuplasty surgery hurt?

Mildly : There is mild discomfort during and after balloon sinuplasty no more than a tooth cleaning or cavity filling at a dentist office. Usually mile soreness in nose for 24 hours but back to normal in 48 hours and a lifetime of relief. Just make sure you see someone who does many of these weekly like myself and is a balloon sinup dilation expert. For more info visit www.socalsinus.com ...Read more

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How serious is frontal drill out sinus surgery for total opacification?

How serious is frontal drill out sinus surgery for total opacification?

All surg is serious: There's always general risks in all surgery involving general anesthesia but all care is taken monitor u during the procedure. The surgery u described is called antral windows that open the openings of the sinuses wider 2 allow them 2 drain much easier. It is a proven procedure over the years & i would not worry about it. Any fears talk 2 ur ENT surgeon. Bring a list of ? 4 him/her so u don't forg. ...Read more

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Flight attendant get sinus infection every 2 months have deviated septum sinus surgery permanent or temporay fix?

Flight attendant get sinus infection every 2 months have deviated septum sinus surgery permanent or temporay fix?

Hopefully permanent: The goal of the sinus surgery would be to cut down significantly on the number of sinus infections you get. It's not a guarantee but it should definitely help. ...Read more

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What is bilateral functional endoscopic sinus surgery?

What is bilateral functional endoscopic sinus surgery?

Sinus Surgery: It is the term for the current method of sinus surgery. Functional refers to opening up the obstructed sinuses. Endoscopic means using a 4 mm endoscopic (that is usually attached to a camera), thus it can be done all through your nostril. And bilateral means both sides. If you still have questions about what your surgeon plans to do, you should make another appt before surgery to review. ...Read more

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CT scan report reveals polyp retention on left maxillary sinus(3*1.5) and bilateral sphenoid sinuses.Doctor has asked for surgery,is surgery necessary?

CT scan report reveals polyp retention on left maxillary sinus(3*1.5) and bilateral sphenoid sinuses.Doctor has asked for surgery,is surgery necessary?

Sinus polyp: Hello. A maxillary sinus polyp that is in the bottom of the sinus will not interfere with normal sinus drainage pathways. The question really is have you been treated with aggressive medical therapy. This month I treated a patient with sphenoid sinusitis which completely resolved. It may be worth seeing another ENT doctor for a second opinion ...Read more

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Is there pain following frontal sinus stent placement?

Is there pain following frontal sinus stent placement?

Shouldn't be: The nostrils may be sore from the access but, the sinus, itself, doesn't have the kind of pain receptors you're thinking about. You shouldn't really have much discomfort after the surgery. ...Read more

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What does this mean on MRI? Bilateral ethmoid and milder sphenoid, frontal, and bilateral maxillary sinusitis.

What does this mean on MRI?  Bilateral ethmoid and milder sphenoid, frontal,  and bilateral maxillary  sinusitis.

Depends on symptoms: It's very import for your doctor to correlate what radiologists find on your scans with your physical findings and symptoms. As far as your sinus findings, these are normally air filled areas along your face but an MRI will show if the lining is thickened or if the space has become fluid filled. Feel free to schedule a consult and upload your images and we can review these findings in detail. ...Read more

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My CT scan report reveals polyp retention in left maxillary sinus and bilateral sphenoid sinuses,polyp measures 3*1.8 cm.Is surgery necessary?

My CT scan report reveals polyp retention in left maxillary sinus and bilateral sphenoid sinuses,polyp measures 3*1.8 cm.Is surgery necessary?

Probably: Prior allergy history? Family history? Other illnesses. Sound like large polyps, unlikely malignant but may be! May need open surgery. ...Read more

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What is frontal sinus?

Forehead sinus: The frontal sinus is the sinus in the forehead. ...Read more

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What is frontal hypoplastic sinuses?

What is frontal hypoplastic sinuses?

Not a big deal: It just means that your frontal sinuses (located in your forehead) haven't developed as much as the average patient. This does not put you at a health disadvantage. The frontal sinuses tend to have the most variable anatomy and they typically don't develop until approx 12 years of age. ...Read more

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4 courses abx 4 sinus inf: 1 yr. neg sinus CT in feb. Frequent nasal congestion/facial pain. Sprays/decong cause nosebleeds. Sinus surgery an option,?

4 courses abx 4 sinus inf: 1 yr. neg sinus CT in feb. Frequent nasal congestion/facial pain. Sprays/decong cause nosebleeds. Sinus surgery an option,?

Not an option: Recurrent sinusitis is common, mostly viral in origin and not an indication for surgery. Antibiotics won't help. CT scans are abnormal in 90% of patients with true chronic sinusitis. Evidence suggests that nasal lavage can help reduce symptoms of acute sinusitis. Consult with your physician to see if an allergy to dust mites, pollen or other allergy is contributing to your symptoms. ...Read more

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What is bilateral ethmoidal sinusitis?

What is bilateral ethmoidal sinusitis?

The ethmoid sinuses: are cavities in the bone up near the bridge of the nose (just a little below). Bilateral means that both sides are involved. Sinusitis means that the tissues are inflamed - may be related to an infection. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Sinus Surgery (Definition)

In simplest terms, sinus surgery is defined as making openings through the nasal passages and the four, paired sinuses on each side of the nose, bigger. This may include straightening a crooked (deviated) septum, reducing the size of the nasal turbinates, and making the openings (ostia) larger, using by means of a drill with a very small bit that removes bone ...Read more