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Fluid seen in the left mastoid air cells. What does this mean?

Who ordered imaging?: Why not ask the person who ordered the study that revealed this finding? Start there for the answer. Hard to say without knowing your story and seeing the study. ...Read more

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What is mild inflammatory change in fluid in the right mastoid air cells?

What is mild inflammatory change in fluid in the right mastoid air cells?

Infection?: Fluid in the mastoid sinuses is not common and you may be suffering from mastoiditis. Be sure to see a doctor soon. ...Read more

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What does near complete opacification of the right mastoid air cell. With soft tissue fullness of the epitympanum, mesotympanum, and hypotympanum incl?

What does near complete opacification of the right mastoid air cell. With soft tissue fullness of the epitympanum, mesotympanum, and hypotympanum incl?

Tympanomastoiditis: These are the findings of a CT scan of the mastoid bone. The radiologist is detecting inflammation in the mastoid and the middle ear. Inflammation means there is swelling of the mucous membrane of the mastoid bone and middle ear. The epitympanum, mesotympanum, and hypotympanum correspond to the upper, middle, and lower regions of the middle ear. You need to see an ENT doctor and may need surgery. ...Read more

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Partial opacification of the bilateral mastoid air cells, middle ear, ethmoid air cells. Meaning?

Partial opacification of the bilateral mastoid air cells, middle ear, ethmoid air cells. Meaning?

Inflammation: May be due to allergy, a viral or bacterial infection or its residual. Need more history to better define. Speak to your doctor who ordered the test and get an understanding of what was being looked for. ...Read more

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Mri: mild opacification of the inferior left maxillary & right sphenoid sinuses. A mild opacification is seen in the inferior right mastoid air cells?

Mri: mild opacification of the inferior left maxillary & right sphenoid sinuses. A mild opacification is seen in the inferior right mastoid air cells?

If no symptoms....: Probably nothing to worry about. Many patients have some mucosal thickening or a small amount of fluid in 1 or more of the sinuses or mastoid air cells.

However, if there is pressure, pain or tenderness over the sinuses or around/behind an ear, a fever or foul smelling, bloody or purulent nasal secretions, a sinus infection or mastoiditis is a concern.

Please see your doctor. ...Read more

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Mri for headaches/dizziness. Report says probable minimal clouding of the mastoid air cells bilaterally. My doctor just said MRI was normal. Is it?

Mri for headaches/dizziness. Report says probable minimal clouding of the mastoid air cells bilaterally. My doctor just said MRI was normal. Is it?

Probably yes: Mris of brain frequently demonstrate non-specific changes in the mastoid air cells. The literature demonstrates that as high as 40 to 50% of mris of the head detect false positive changes in the mastoid air cells. A cat scan is the appropriate radiological test to detect mastoid and middle ear disease. Finally, if your hearing is normal and there is no drainage, mastoid films are not needed. ...Read more

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What does soft tissue densities in mastoid air cells, middle ear cavity, and sphenoid sinus mean?

What does soft tissue densities in mastoid air cells, middle ear cavity, and sphenoid sinus mean?

Nasal Sinus X-rays: The densities are either an active infection in the sinuses or most likely residual chronic inflammation from previous infections. The findings do not sound serious unless severe acute pain and fever is present. The best option is to review the radiographic evaluation with the ordering physician or an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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CT: "Nonspecific focal opacification of a left mastoid air cell" but "No findings to explain hearing loss". What is this & what else could be wrong?

CT: "Nonspecific focal opacification of a left mastoid air cell" but "No findings to explain hearing loss". What is this & what else could be wrong?

Mastoid air cells: Are part of the sinus cavity and previous sinus issues can result in opacification on a CT scan. This does not usually cause hearing loss unless it is florid. There are variable causes of hearing loss and it would depend on the type of hearing loss, onset, progression, etc. Recommend seeing your physician for further evaluation and management. ...Read more

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Had an episode of vertigo. Going on 3 weeks still dizzy mri show no issues catscan says mastoid air cells aerated but hypo plastic don't know what that means im scheduled for a veng test. What can I expect from this test? Is it safe to fly

Had an episode of vertigo. Going on 3 weeks still dizzy mri show no issues catscan says mastoid air cells aerated but hypo plastic don't know what that means im scheduled for a veng test. What can I expect from this test? Is it safe to fly

Vertigo: VNG is videonystagmogram. Test for peripheral (ear) balance function. Video is for tracking and recording eye movements. Test may tell whether or not peripheral dysfunction of vestibular system, asymmetry, etc. Flying may make you more dizzy, prone to nausea and vomiting and unsteady on feet, ie. Risk to self and other passengers. ...Read more

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My son 11 Ct scan right ear: What does it mean to have some mild membrane thickening in scattered mastoid air cells?

Mastoiditis: Is an infection of the air cells of the mastoid sinuses, just behind the ear, a complication of otitis media. It is a more serious infection and requires specialized treatment. The CT finding you describe suggests there is no mastoiditis but possible low grade inflammation of some mastoid air cells. To prevent this make sure all ear infections are properly treated or tubes placed ...Read more

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Is mastioditis always a medical emergency? Ct showed near complete opacification in the right mastoid air cells. Dr is going to put a tube in within a week. Tried 3 antibiotics in the month prior.

Is mastioditis always a medical emergency? Ct showed near complete opacification in the right mastoid air cells. Dr is going to put a tube in within a week. Tried 3 antibiotics in the month prior.

Mastoiditis: Hello. If the mastoid cavity is actively infected, then this is considered a medical emergency because the infection is so close to the brain. Your mastoiditis appears to be linked to an otitis media with effusion which is not actively infected with a septic presentation. Your doctor is doing the right approach which is a scheduled myringotomy with tube insertion. No antibiotic will work after 3. ...Read more

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I had a normal brain mri, but why does is say I have mild inflammation of the right mastoid air cells? Is that an ear infection?

I had a normal brain mri, but why does is say I have mild inflammation of the right mastoid air cells? Is that an ear infection?

Not part of brain: The mastoids are really not part of the "brain ". If there was fluid in the mastoids which normally have air in them. When that happens these sinuses are inflamed. And you could say like an ear infection ...Read more

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"There is mucosal thickening in the maxillary and ethmoid air  cells as well as in the mastoids bilaterally" this was in my 2 1/2 year old sons MRI?

"There is mucosal thickening in the maxillary and ethmoid air  cells as well as in the mastoids bilaterally" this was in my 2 1/2 year old sons MRI?

Talk to Doctor: Could be indicative of a sinus infection requiring antibiotics and/or corticosteroids. Talk to your doctor about the results and correlate them to his clinical presentation. If your son is symptomatic then he might require treatment. ...Read more

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What does hyperintensity mean of mastiod air cells?

What does hyperintensity mean of mastiod air cells?

Imaging finding: This is a comment on pictures that you've had. It may mean that you have some inflammation of the mastoid air cells which are located behind your ear. You will likely get a good answer from your ENT who will know the significance of this finding based on your history and physical exam.

Check with your ent! ...Read more

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What does very minimal fullness in the mastoid cells mean?

What does very minimal fullness in the mastoid cells mean?

Confusing: Fullness in the mastoid is a symptom, and using the term mastoid cells is a radiological diagnosis. I am guessing that your doctor ordered mastoid x-rays and the radiologist identified minimal degree of fluid in the mastoid air cells. The mastoid bone behind your ear only gets involved if you have a middle ear infection (hearing loss). So we need more specific information on your complaint. ...Read more

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MRI shows extensive opacification of the mastoid cells on the left. What does that mean?

MRI shows extensive opacification of the mastoid cells on the left. What does that mean?

Infection: This could be a mastoid infection. There can be other diagnoses and this will depend on your physician and your infectious disease consultants ...Read more

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Could fluid in the mastoid cells affect your ability to taste things? No pain but both mastoids are fluid filled on MRI

Could fluid in the mastoid cells affect your ability to taste things? No pain but both mastoids are fluid filled on MRI

Taste: Hello Mary,
the short answer is yes, our taste derives from many different stimuli and when one is impaired, that is smell, than taste is altered. Your sinuses and mastoid impair your sense of smell which has a definite effect on how u taste.
Regards Dr. A ...Read more

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Is it possible for a cfs leak cause fluid in mastoid cells?

Is it possible for a cfs leak cause fluid in mastoid cells?

Depends: Where is the CSF leak? It is difficult to imaging how it would have gotten into the mastoids, but if this is a basilar skull fracture which created the leakage, anything is possible, bur not likely. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Our son fractured his mastoid cell line from a hockey puck. Had Ct scan, all vitals were good. Trauma with swelling vack of ear. How long is recovery?

Our son fractured his mastoid cell line from a hockey puck. Had Ct scan, all vitals were good. Trauma with swelling vack of ear. How long is recovery?

Fractured mastoid: Likely 8-12 weeks. Be sure to ask his ENT specialist when it is safe to return to sports. All the best. Sorry about his injury. ...Read more

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Wha does this mean, soft tissue densities within mastoid cells, middle ear cavity and sphenoid sinus and calcific density in brain paren occipital reg?

Wha does this mean, soft tissue densities within mastoid cells, middle ear cavity and sphenoid sinus and calcific density in brain paren occipital reg?

Nonspecific: Soft tissue densities in the normally air filled mastoid, middle ear and sinus cavities indicates there is some type of chronic, long term inflammation in those areas. It could indicate chronic infection, as well. It depends on your clinical condition and how severe those findings are to really give you an idea of what this means to you. The brain finding is not uncommon, discuss with doctor. ...Read more

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Pain in mastoid area. What could it be?

Pain in mastoid area. What could it be?

Many causes: This problem mandates a real-time (face-to-face) meeting with a doctor. A history has to be taken along with a examination as well as labs and other tests. Only after all this will your doctor be in a position to tell you what's wrong and what needs to be done to help you. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a mastoid. Have any of you heard of it?

What to do if I have a mastoid. Have any of you heard of it?

The mastoid is: A normal part of the human anatomy. If you are asking what to do if you have mastoiditis, you will need to see an otolaryngologist or otologist. ...Read more

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Knot on mastoid process bonbehindeear no other symptoms 31 yr old female been there month or 2 could it be serious or should I worry hasn't got bigger?

Knot on mastoid process bonbehindeear no other symptoms 31 yr old female been there month or 2 could it be serious or should I worry hasn't got bigger?

This is a common: Area for a cyst or an enlarged lymph node. If it is not tender and you have no ear or scalp issues it is more likely a cyst. You probably should have it looked at by your family doctor. ...Read more

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What can be done for chronic MASTOID Sinusitis?

What can be done for chronic MASTOID Sinusitis?

Mastoid: See ENT, Have CT scan of mastoids, surgical procedure may be indicated depending on findings and symptoms. ...Read more

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I have fluid or debris in left mastoid 52 years old?

More information: Do you know this by x-ray, either cat scan or mri? Is this a clinical diagnosis wherein, a doctor told you this? The presence of fluid in the mastoid air cells may represent an extension of middle ear fluid. The mastoid is simply an extension of the middle ear space. Do you have symptoms of pain, fullness behind the ear? Have you had previous mastoid surgery? What is your question? ...Read more