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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.

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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I have had a lot head pressure that make me vomit from pain. Mostly in forhead and behind eyes. My ct scan shows Hypoplastic frontal sinuses no sinusi?

I have had a lot head pressure that make me vomit from pain. Mostly in forhead and behind eyes. My ct scan shows Hypoplastic frontal sinuses no sinusi?

Headaches: Sometimes, figuring out the source of the headaches is tricky. With a CT scan that shows no sign of sinusitis, my first thoughts are migraines, or pseudotumor cerebri (I'm an ophthalmologist, so these are relatively common in my practice). There are many other causes. Many neurologists specialize in headaches, so that may be the place to start, if possible. Ask your doctor for a referral.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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.

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How can drinking water help clear mucus from frontal sinuses?

How can drinking water help clear mucus from frontal sinuses?

I doubt it: The presence of mucus in your frontal sinus is the result of a blocked naso-frontal duct. This ductile blockage is the result of a nasal infection. I do not think that drinking water will solve the problem although drinking water is good. The duct leading from the frontal sinus to the nose needs to be decongested. A nose spray, decongestant, or steroids might be considered as early treatments.

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I am having dry cough from 3 month, now P.N.S xray showed that mucosal thickening noted in maxillary sinus and frontal sinus appear hypoplastic. Help?

I am having dry cough from 3 month, now P.N.S xray showed that mucosal thickening noted in maxillary sinus and frontal sinus appear hypoplastic. Help?

Maybe: People with chronic sinusitis often have a persisting cough as one of their main, or only, symptoms. The mucosal thickening of the maxillary sinus is often indicative of chronic sinusitis. The hypo plastic frontal sinus just didn't develop fully and likely has nothing to do with your cough. I would recommend consultation with ENT physician. Medications and further imaging may be necessary.

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Can hypoplasty frontal sinuses can lead to vertigo and tinnitus?

Can hypoplasty frontal sinuses can lead to vertigo and tinnitus?

No relation: The frontal sinuses are not connected to the inner ear, or the vestibular system that manages balance. But since you had sinus x-rays. Chronic drainage of the sinuses towards the opening of the eustachian tube can cause pressure on the eardrum, an increase middle ear pressure which when transmitted to the inner ear through the foramen ovale, it can affect your vestibular function causing vertigo.

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Focal polypoid mucosal thickening involving both maxillary sinuses with patent frontal recess & maxillary osteums - what does that mean?

Focal polypoid mucosal thickening involving both maxillary sinuses with patent frontal recess & maxillary osteums - what does that mean?

Sinusitis with polyp: Your CT shows you have a sinus infection with polyps. Follow up with the doctor who ordered your test for clinical correlation. Always the best person to interpret any testing is the person who ordered it. They have all you history, exam, etc.

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Can someone tell me why I get headaches after eating tuna? It happens every time and I think it's the frontal, sphenoid, and ethmoid sinuses.

Can someone tell me why I get headaches after eating tuna? It happens every time and I think it's the frontal, sphenoid, and ethmoid sinuses.

Depends....: On whether you are eating fresh fish or fish out of a can. You may be sensitive to some of the preservatives in canned food.

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CT scan The frontal sinuses are well-developed. There is mild mucosal thickening involving the inferior aspect of the bilateral frontal sinuses.

What's the question?: You have given us a statement, not a question. I assume you want to know what the radiological diagnosis means. In my experience, when a radiologist states mild mucosal thickening in any sinus, it is probably not of much clinical significance. Are you symptomatic, are other sinuses involved, do you have headaches, and finally are you ill? We need to know these things to help you.

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