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Dr. Sanford Archer
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Brain MRI "there is mild polypoid mucosal thickening in ethmoid air cells."i have headaches, vision/hearing changes, tearing up, head pressure, sinuitis?

Brain MRI "there is mild polypoid mucosal thickening in ethmoid air cells."i have headaches, vision/hearing changes, tearing up, head pressure, sinuitis?

Possible: Mri is not a sensitive tool for sinusitis. Often, the sinuses are normal when one lights up on an mri. Your symptoms are not classic for a sinus infection, and MRI is better for looking for central nervous system problems as the cause of your headache. I would ask your doctor for an antibiotic good for sinusitis and follow up with a ct scan of the sinuses for the definitive answer. ...Read more

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Dr. Jane van Dis
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Dr. Bernstein Joel
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Mucosal thickening in the right great than left maxillary & sphenoid sinuses with scattered mucosal disease in ethmoid air cells. What's this mean?

Mucosal thickening in the right great than left maxillary & sphenoid sinuses with scattered mucosal disease in ethmoid air cells. What's this mean?

Maybe nothing: The fact that you have scattered mucosal thickening (not necessarily disease) in the sinuses does not necessarily equate to disease. Do you have yellow-green nasal discharge, post nasal discharge, pain or pressure in the face or top of the head? These are the major symptoms of rhino-sinusitis. In other words, are you feeling ill? Check with an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Jane van Dis
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Dr. Justin Greiwe
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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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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Ct results1mild mucosal thickening involving the ethmoid air cells and small mucous retention in the left maxillary sinus.2small concha bullosa bilaterally without ostiomeatal stenosis. Please explain?

Ct results1mild mucosal thickening involving the ethmoid air cells and small mucous retention in the left maxillary sinus.2small concha bullosa bilaterally without ostiomeatal stenosis. Please explain?

Sinus CT: Concha bullosa are common anatomic variants of bones in the nasal cavity. When they are large, they can obstruct the sinus drainage pathway and predispose to sinusitis. When small, usually of no concern. Small mucus retention cysts and mild mucosal thickening may be related to mild chronic sinusitis. However, these mild findings may not even cause noticeable symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. David Jakubowicz
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Mri showed sinusitis ethmoid air cells and mucosal thickening frontal as well as sphenoid sinuses. I been dealing with front headaches and eye pain.

Mri showed sinusitis ethmoid air cells and mucosal thickening frontal as well as sphenoid sinuses. I been dealing with front headaches and eye pain.

MRI very sensitive: Just because you have something in the sinus, it does not mean it is the cause of your symptoms. Retention cysts are common. Does light or sound bother you when you have the headache? Do you have visual changes before the headache comes? If so you may have migraine allergies can also have these MRI findings. ...Read more

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Dr. Roy Arnold
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Dr. Gerald Mandell
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Had x ray on sinuses . report says this . minimal mucosal thicken of the frontal and ethmoid air calls. What does that mean. Should I see a ENT doc?

Had x ray  on sinuses . report says this . minimal mucosal thicken of the frontal and ethmoid air calls. What does that mean. Should I see a ENT doc?

Mild sinus disease: Minimal mucosal thickening of paranasal sinuses is usually not a serious problem and a lot of people can have this finding. When total opacification and/or fluid levels in sinuses findings are more serious and may indicate infection. Thickening is usually related to allergies. ...Read more

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Dr. William Culviner
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My CT say's, i've mild mucosal disease of the ethmoid sinuses. Most of the time i feel like I am not breathing. I forget to breath. What can I do

My CT say's, i've mild mucosal disease of the ethmoid sinuses. 

Most of the time i feel like I am not breathing. I forget to breath. What can I do

Many options: The ct is telling you there is mild inflammation of the ethmoid sinuses, but that has no effect on breathing. You breathe through your nasal passages, so a deviated septum, turbinate congestion, polyps, and other intranasal obstructions can affect breathing. Allergies certainly can contribute. Discuss this with an ENT specialist to see if there is some help for you with medication or surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Jodi Ritsch
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Headaches and face pain door 3 weeks. Ct scan shows mucosal thickening in max.,ethmoid and sphenoid a. Right septal deviation. Treatment advice?

Headaches and face pain door 3 weeks. Ct scan shows mucosal thickening in max.,ethmoid and sphenoid a. Right septal deviation. Treatment advice?

Sinus infection: This could be related to a sinus infection. Some are helped with nasal saline irrigation to clear mucous. Antibiotics may be necessary to treat especially if there is a fever associated with the facial pain/headache. Follow up with your physician. ...Read more

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