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The finding in my ct-scan was "hypoplastic frontal sinuses". I have headache all the time. What does it mean?

The finding in my ct-scan was "hypoplastic frontal sinuses". I have headache all the time. What does it mean?

Small sinuses: The ct films do not indicate a cause for your headaches and shows only a congenital variation of no consequence. If you have a constant headache, it is consistent with the syndrome of "chronic daily headaches" and could readily respond to treatment. ...Read more

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Sinuses (Definition)

Sinuses are air filled spaces in the head that have several proposed functions: 1. They serve as shock absorbers in cases of head trauma 2. Lighten the skull 3. Humidify and filter the air while also producing mucus 4. Play a role in vocal resonance. The head contains 4 paired sinus cavities: maxillaries (cheek) under the eyes, ethmoids(between the eyes), frontals (above ...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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What happens when you don't have frontal sinuses?

What happens when you don't have frontal sinuses?

Normal variant: A small subset of people do not develop frontal sinuses. This is a normal anatomic variation almost always with no consequence. ...Read more

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What medication gets mucas out of frontal sinuses? How long does it take and where does the mucas go?

Not easy: The presence of mucus in the frontal sinus is the result of blockage of the naso-frontal duct. In general, all sinus infections result from obstruction of the extremely narrow passages that lead from the nose into the sinuses. Therefore, before endoscopic surgery i would recommend steroids and a decongestant. All mucus from the nose and sinuses flow into the back of the nose and is swallowed. ...Read more

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What gets the mucus out of the frontal sinuses?

What gets the mucus out of the frontal sinuses?

Lavage of the sinuse: See your ENT doctor he can check that inthe office procedure. ...Read more

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Is it common for the nodes in your neck to be swollen when you're experiencing frontal sinuses?

Is it common for the nodes in your neck to be swollen when you're experiencing frontal sinuses?

Swollen gland: Likely what you are describing is something called lymphadenopathy, which is swelling and inflammation of lymph nodes. This can lead to pain and can be aggravated by movement, depending on the location of the swollen lymph node. Generally speaking, most lymphadenopathy is caused by infectious processes. This could be viral or bacterial. Frontal sinusitis can potentially be the cause in the neck. ...Read more

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Can blocked frontal and ethmoid sinuses cause lightheadedness?

Can blocked frontal and ethmoid sinuses cause lightheadedness?

Yes: Can obstruct eustachian tube and even cause dizziness, plus the congestion feeling, and generalized lousy overall sensations. Saline nasal and sinus rinses can help, and on occasion, antibiotics break up the congestion. ...Read more

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What does it mean left frontal sinus is hypoplastic?

Hypoplastic sinus: It just means that your sinus is small. It usually does not cause a problem. ...Read more

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Inflammation mucosal thickening noted in the sphenoid and frontal sinuses. Meaning?

Don't worry: I presume these are findings from a ct scan. That is typical radiology terminology from a ct or MRI report, and ct scans visualize the sinuses very well. Mucosal thickening indicates that the lining of the sinuses looks thicker than normal, which may come from anything causing sinus inflammation: allergies or mild infection. The frontal sinuses are just over the eyes, the sphenoid behind them. ...Read more

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