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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
Big blood vessel: The cavernous sinuses are actually not the stereotypical sinuses that most people talk about. If you have sinusitis, you will have inflammation of your paranasal sinuses. The cavernous sinus is a collection of veins just outside your brain. It is associated with important nerves and the carotid artery. In general it collects blood from the brain and helps send it back to the heart. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nasal steroids: Nasal steroids are generally a good place to start, as the treat all kinds of inflammatory sinus disease(allergic and non-allergic). Antihistamines help if there is an allergic component, as do oral decongestants. An evaluation by an otolaryngologist is always helpful to look for causes. ...Read more
Not exactly: Your sinuses are part of the facial skeleton. The are air pockets within the bone. The openings from your sinuses onto the nasal passage can be widened and this will sometimes improve drainage. There are a number of smaller sinus cells between your eyes, and these can be surgically treated to remove the internal walls to create a single, larger space, but ultimately you will still have sinuses. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What does evidence of bilateral medial any rectories and partial ethmoidectomiies mean in relation to sinuses without air fluid levels mean?
It sounds like you: have a copy of your sinus CT scan report! I'd be a little surprised if you had had bilateral medial antrectomies, or removal of a portion (the antrum) of the walls of the maxilla. Usually an antrostomy is done--making an opening into the maxillary sinus--along with the ethmoidectomy. After this surgery, done to promote drainage, one would not expect to see fluid blockage/air fluid level. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Blocked sinuses: There may be anatomic airway/nasal deformity, like a deviated nasal septum, overgrown bone (turbinates), or bone at the holes that aerate sinuses. The mucous membranes may swell and block the natural air holes into the sinuses, along with mucous or bacterial exudate (pus). Finally, there are some soft tissue masses (tumors) that can also block these holes. Smoking also aggravates tissues. ...Read more
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